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New York Virtuoso Singers: More Premieres

Sunday | March 30 2014 | 2 pm

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Conductor Harold Rosenbaum leads premieres of works by Ernst Krenek, Thea Musgrave and Yotam Haber - plus Confessions from the Blogosphere by NYVS’s most recent competition winner, Karen Siegel, and a world premiere of a new work by Michael Schachter, a recipient of BMI's 2013 Student Composers Award.

Vox Nova Choir of Kaufman Music Center's Special Music School will premiere Canores, a set of pieces composed by Chandler Carter. The texts by Jane Huber describe birds and bird song.

As an alert witness to his time, with a keen eye for political and social change, Ernst Krenek developed a gloomily accurate prophetic gift. His cantata is an eloquent demonstration of this, written just before the Nazis took power. It is a lyrical discourse on life, death, significance and futility, whose painfully elegiac tone seems to sound as both premonition and admonition. Thea Musgrave’s new work describes the return of Odysseus to Ithaca with all the perils he encounters on the way. The poem is also about the journey of life that we all undertake: though the perils such as the cannibalistic Laestrygonians, angry Poseidon are metaphoric we can probably find events in our lives that are somewhat parallel! In a modern twist on Haydn's Seven Last Words of Christ, young Israeli composer Yotam Haber set the seven attributes of the Agni Yoga in I AM (2011). This provocative piece is at once a virtuosic tour-de-force and a mesmerizingly calm journey.

 

Guest artists:

Mary Mackenzie, soprano
Brent Funderburk, piano
Vox Nova Choir from Kaufman Music Center's Special Music School, directed by Emily John

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