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Video: Apropos – Lara Downes & Leonard Bernstein

The intrepid Lara Downes gave a recital of many of her “anniversaries” for Lenny (Bernstein) on June 1, 2018 at Trinity Wall Street and included Apropos, written for her at Copland House last August. This compact miniature is an imagined conversation between Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein. The opening and closing melody takes the theme

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In the dusk: photos from the premiere

of The Porch Over the River at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts. Text by Wendell Berry. Pictured are Chad Sloan (baritone), Carrie RavenStem (clarinet), and Jessica Litwiniec Dorman (piano). Photo credit Alix Mattingly/Kentucky Center.

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The Porch Over the River

Wendell Berry’s prophetic words in “The Porch Over the River” describe a pastoral scene which becomes darkly reflective of our human footprint. It’s as though the sounds of the river, frogs, phoebes, and trees are momentarily interrupted by the passing sound of traffic or the distant whine of a jet engine. But our focus returns

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Video: Music for Violin

Music for Violin, commissioned by Rob Simonds, and recorded here on October 3, 2017 at Michigan State University, Cook Concert Hall.

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Anthology

Thank you to NewMusicShelf for including “Like Men and Women” from Songs of Insects and Animals in their new NewMusicShelf Anthology of New Music for Tenor, Volume 1

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Langston Hughes Songs at 21C

Later this month at 21C Museum, Orchestra Enigmatic will present a the new orchestrated version of Langston Hughes Songs, with Jan Pellant conducting and Susan Hahn singing. This latest iteration includes a newly-composed overture. The earliest versions of these songs are from 1999-2000, and have been modified (slightly) over the past sixteen years.

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