“Holy Mighty”

I just learned from my colleague Jay Reise that our vocal music is to be heard in Moscow this coming September 26 in a concert at the Myaskovsky Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. Ekaterina Kichigina, soprano, and Mikhail Dubov, piano, will offer Jay’s Satori and excerpts from my own Holy the Firm. Works by George Crumb will also be heard.

The title of my piece is translated as “Holy Mighty” in the concert announcement, which is interesting because it brings to mind a traditional prayer in the Orthodox tradition called the Trisagion:

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

Though I wasn’t thinking of the Trisagion (my title is borrowed from that of a book by Annie Dillard), perhaps the person preparing the announcement intended to recall it.

Ms. Kichigina performed my songs in Moscow last season, read more about that here.

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Svetlana Sigida, musicologist on the faculty at the Moscow Conservatory, sent me some pictures from the December 3 performances of my music at the Conservatory. First, Ekaterina Kichigina (soprano) and Natasha Cherkasova (piano), who performed two of the songs from my cycle Holy the Firm:


Ms. Cherkasova also played my set of piano pieces, Pure Contraption, Absolute Gift:


Many thanks to both musicians, and to Professor Sigida who put in a tremendous amount of effort to make this concert happen.

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