“Holy the Firm” at Token Creek’s virtual festival

The Token Creek Chamber Music Festival – like all such organizations this summer – cancelled its in-person activities. Instead, the Festival is offering an array of archival recordings, including a program of vocal music that includes excerpts from my Holy the Firm. The soprano is Sarah Yanovitch, and I’m at the piano. Sarah does a great job, and there’s a remarkable array of singers and pianists on the playlist: Krista River with Judith Gordon; Lucy Fitz Gibbon and Ryan McCullough; Janice Felty and Craig Smith; Simon Barrad and Token Creek co-artistic director John Harbison; and Lorraine Hunt Lieberson with Steven Blier. I can attest to the excellence of the performers from first hand experience. Judy premiered my Pure Contraption, Absolute Gift; Lucy and Ryan are the performers on my recently-issued CD, Descent/Return;  Janice and I performed together at SongFest a number of years ago; and Craig Smith premiered some of my choral motets with Emmanuel Music. (Re-reading that last sentence, I have to say I’ve been a pretty lucky composer.) You can hear the program here, and read my post from the time of the performance in 2018 here. The picture above shows the interior of the festival barn in rural Wisconsin, while the one below shows Sarah and I in action.

 

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