A New Sounds Live Presentation hosted by WNYC's John Schaefer
Sarah Kirkland Snider presents her new work for seven vocalists and chamber orchestra, Unremembered, a 13-song cycle set to poetry (and with accompanying projected artwork) by New-York-based poet/writer Nathaniel Bellows, featuring vocal performances by DM Stith, Shara Worden and Padma Newsome. A cycle about memory, innocence and the ways we cope with an unpredictable world, the poems recall strange and beautiful happenings experienced during a childhood in rural Massachusetts. Newsome will also appear with Clogs, the legendary hybrid band/chamber ensemble whose latest album was called "one of the most evocative and appealing records of the year, in any genre" (NPR). Clogs return to the Ecstatic Music Festival in a trio incarnation with Newsome (vocals, viola), Rachael Elliott (bassoon) and Thomas Kozumplik (percussion). Orchestra for the Next Century, directed by Gary Schneider, will present Snider's work along with new works and arrangements by Newsome, Worden and Stith.
In Snider's song cycle Unremembered, The pastoral is belied by a subtle pathos as a houseguest takes sudden leave in the middle in the night, a boy makes a shocking discovery on the banks of a river, a girl disappears in woods behind a ranging farm, a swan meets its artless end -- all while the grouse fly and birdsong intones wordlessly through the fields.