For your Holy Week consideration: a new website about the King James Bible, put together by the Folger Library, The Bodleian Library at Oxford, and the Harry Ransom Center. It’s rich in multimedia, including a good bit of music led by my friend Christopher Kendall.
– February 12 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in DC, the 21st Century Consort plays Stravinsky, Paul Schoenfield, Jennifer Furr, Bruce Macombie, and Jacob Druckman. A brief interview with Christopher Kendall, who directs the Consort, is found here.
My Songs and Dances from ‘The Tempest’ will be heard on Kile Smith’s program Now is the Time this coming Sunday, July 18th at 10:00 pm Eastern Daylight Savings Time. The piece was commissioned by the Folger Consort, the early music ensemble in residence at the Folger Library. Soprano Ellen Hargis and baritone William Sharp sing settings of excerpts from Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”, alongside instrumental movements suggested by stage directions in the play. Christopher Kendall, Robert Eisenstein, Scott Reiss, and Tina Chancey are the superb multi-instrumentalists.
You can listen to the program on WRTI-HD2 in Philadelphia and streaming on the web at WRTI.org. An excerpt from the piece is on the audio samples page of my website, jamesprimosch.com, and the CD from which the recording comes is available here.