“Dark the Star” at Florida State

About a year ago, a performance of my song cycle for baritone and chamber ensemble, Dark the Star, was scheduled for performance at the Florida State University New Music Festival. Evan Jones, the soloist came down with a terrific case of laryngitis, and the performance had to be cancelled. I’m delighted that the performance has at last been re-scheduled, and Evan will be singing the piece, with most of the same players from last year, on a faculty recital at FSU this Friday, March 2. I heard a rehearsal of the instrumentalists last year, and the performance is going to be fantastic. Here’s the lineup:

Evan T. Jones, baritone
Deborah Bish, clarinet
Gregory Sauer, cello
Heidi Williams, piano
Jacob Kight, percussion
Keith Dodson, conductor

The concert takes place at FSU’s Opperman Music Hall at 7:30.

There are a couple of ways you can get to know the piece. Check out an earlier post, including a program note here. You can listen to the superb Bridge recording by baritone William Sharp, the 21st Century Consort, and conductor Christopher Kendall:

and you can look at the score, published by Theodore Presser Co. here.

Order the CD that includes Dark the Star, plus three other vocal works of mine, at the Bridge website.

 

 

Contraption in Florida

When I visited Florida State University this past February, I was happy to meet a gifted pianist named Iris Cheng, a student of the marvelous Heidi Louise Williams in the graduate program there. I had a fine coaching session with Iris on my Pure Contraption, Absolute Gift, and am pleased to report she has programmed two movements from the piece – “Nocturnal Obsessions” and “Contraption” – for an upcoming recital. The concert will take place on Tuesday, April 18, in Longmire Recital Hall at FSU at 7:30 pm. Thanks to Iris and to Heidi for calling her student’s attention to the piece!