Soprano Lucy Fitz Gibbon and pianist Ryan MacEvoy McCullough just gave a recital yesterday at Bard College featuring my music and that of John Harbison. The program will be repeated at Cornell on Thursday, Feb. 15 and at University of Pennsylvania on Wednesday, February 21 at 8 pm in Rose Recital Hall, found in Fisher-Bennett Hall at 34th and Walnut in Philadelphia.
It’s a nice program in that it brings together a mix of voice and piano songs plus piano solo pieces by myself and by an important mentor of mine, John Harbison. Here is the repertoire for the concert:
– Descent/Return (texts by Susan Stewart; these are piano arrangements of two songs from my recent work for soprano and chamber ensemble, A Sibyl)
– The Old Astronomer (Sarah Williams)
– Who Do You Say That I Am? (Kathleen Norris)
– The Pitcher (Robert Francis)
– Pure Contraption, Absolute Gift (set of piano preludes commissioned by a consortium of twelve pianists, including Ryan McCullough. Read more about the piece here. The score is published by the Theodore Presser Company.)
– Simple Daylight (this is a cycle of six songs on texts by Michael Fried)
– Piano Sonata No. 2
The songs of mine will be new to Philadelphia; in fact, the performance at Bard yesterday was the first time out for the Francis, Williams, and Stewart settings. Ryan and Lucy will be recording all this material for eventual CD release.