Those three forces of nature, otherwise known as ModernMedieval – founder Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, Martha Cluver, and Eliza Bagg – did two more superb performances of their Words of Love and Wisdom program, including my badass Hildegarde piece From: All Things Are Set Ablaze, as part of the Electric Earth Concerts, Keene, NH. and then at the spectacular Fuentidueña Chapel at The Met Cloisters. And Classical Voice North America loved the program too! Click here for the review. I don’t mind “While it was certainly raucous and exciting – the trio played a tambourine, a small mallet-hit hand drum, and a triangle as they sang – the piece was far from furious. In fact, it was so much fun that Horner-Kwiatek’s final triangle ting earned a chuckle from the audience.”
I had a great time last week at Shenandoah Conservatory in beautiful Winchester, Virginia. A *very* full visit with friends conductor Tim Robblee and composer extraordinaire Jonathan Newman and the the faculty and students. I taught composition lessons, gave a masterclass, had rehearsal, and heard my Elastic Band (Octet version) performed at the über-hip Bright Box Theater in downtown Winchester. Thank you Jonathan and Tim!
The stellar ModernMedieval Trio of Voices performs my badass piece All Things Are Set Ablaze, a setting of the words by that ultimate badass prophetic polymath Hildegarde von Bingen, twice in the coming week: April 7th on the Electric Earth Concerts Sunday April 7, 2019 (4:00 PM at Congregation Ahavas Achim, Keene, NH), and then on April 13that the Met Cloisters at 1 pm. My piece is part of their Words of Love and Wisdom program and also includes works by Hildegard, Caroline Shaw, Caleb Burnhans, Daniel Thomas Davis, and Jacqueline Horner-Kwaitek.
Dr. Timothy J. Robblee will conduct the Edge Ensemble performing the octet version of Elastic Band along with works by Thomas Albert, Natalie Draper, Joel Puckett, and, Erik Irgens. During my short residency I’ll be giving a masterclass and teaching some of the talented Shenandoah Conservatory composition students. April 4 @ 8:00 pm,Bright Box Theater, 15 N. Loudoun Street, Winchester, VA 22601
On 04, Feb 2019 | In News | By joel
Elizabeth Racheva sings my “How Does the World Fall Into Place?” from the chamber opera Fallings (Seth Friedman, libretto) on her upcoming program: Journey across continents and languages in a wide-ranging and powerful exploration of migration. A complement to Washington Performing Arts’ Dreamers special production and 2018/19 Latinx in D.C. programming, this afternoon of song and spoken word contemplates notions of home, yearning, displacement, and hope.
- Elizabeth Racheva – soprano, curator
- Anamer Castrello – mezzo-soprano
- Jose Sacin – baritone
- Lester Green – piano
- Helen Aberger – stage director
This event is one of several activities throughout the winter and spring that are curated by the Mars Urban Arts Initiative
02/10/2019, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, All Souls Church Unitarian 1500 Harvard Street NW – Washington, D.C. Details
I’m thrilled that soprano Elizabeth Racheva is programming a short aria “How Does The World Fall Into Place,” from my chamber opera Fallings (with libretto by Seth Friedman) on her upcoming recital Promised Lands? Of Leaving and Longing on February 10, 2019, 2 pm, at All Souls Church Unitarian. The program is part of the Mars Urban Arts Initiative (MUAI) is a creative platform for Washington Performing Arts and the D.C. community to celebrate and empower local artists through performances, unique educational programs, and interdisciplinary grassroots collaborations that showcase the diversity and vitality of our city. D.C.
The superb ModernMedieval Trio of Voices performed my piece bad ass piece All Things Are Set Ablaze (based upon the writings of that ultimate badass Hildegard von Bingen!) yet again. This time at East Carolina University’s NewMusic Initiative. Next step: April 13, 2019 at the Cloisters as part of MetArtsLive.
On 16, Nov 2018 | In News | By joel
It warms my heart to hear the young students at American University play the second movement, “Pure Happenchance,” from my piece Elastic Band on their recent concert. Dr. Noah Getz did a superb job conducting and teaching the movement. And clarinetist Sammy Lesnick was a terrific soloist. Bravo ladies & Gentlemen!
On 10, Nov 2018 | In News | By joel
ModernMedieval Trio of Voices will be performing my commissioned Hildegard piece All Things Are Set Ablaze tomorrow, November 11, 2018 on the Damron Concert Artist Series at the at the University of Tampa.
“The program features some of Hildegard of Bingen’s most ecstatic chants interwoven with new works by acclaimed composers Caroline Shaw, Caleb Burhans, Joel Phillip Friedman, Daniel Thomas Davis and Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek. An exciting tour de force for singers, composers and audience alike.”
Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values, University of Tampa, 601 W North B St, Tampa, FL 33606. 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm