Quick report from Carolina and Juilliard

Much to write about and very little time in which to do so – I have been traveling to hear performances of my music and give talks about it.

Just last night was the New York premiere of my Rilke song cycle, From a Book of Hours, given in its chamber version by the New Juilliard Ensemble. (There is also a version for soprano and orchestra.) Read the New York Times review here. The brilliant Juilliard musicians, most notably the soloist, soprano Alexandra Razskazoff, gave a powerful performance. The indefatigable Joel Sachs directed. (Has anyone conducted more new scores than Joel in New York over the years?)

a post-concert shot, with Alexandra, Joel, composer Du Yun, unidentified, myself, Michael Zev Gordon, and Elliott Sharp:

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Last week the Carolina Choir of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, led by Susan Klebanow gave a splendid performance of my George Herbert motet, The Call. They had it by heart (!) and their affection for the piece came through in a finely shaped rendition, commanding both powerful and gentle nuances with precision and passion.

Here I am with Susan and composer Allen Anderson (faculty member at UNC) whose touching anthem on a Li Po text was also beautifully performed.

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Will write more about recent events as soon as I can – am off to Tallahassee tomorrow for the Mary Mackenzie & Heidi Williams program featuring a number of my vocal works.

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