Judith Clurman's Essential Voices USA (NYC) – The Composer Speaks: Premiere of Joshua Schmidt's Grass Roots American Melancholy
Event Date: May 31, 2012
Posted: May 24, 2012
Location: New York, USA
Judith Clurman’s ESSENTIALVOICESUSA, New York, NY present
The Composer Speaks: Joshuas’s Schmidt’s GRASS ROOTS AMERICAN MELANCHOLY
Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 7PM
The DiMenna Space for Classical Music - 450 West 37th Street, NYC
(between 9th & 10th Avenues).
Celebrate the birthday of Walt Whitman on May 31, 2012 at 7pm at the DiMenna Space in New York City with
classical and Broadway composer Joshua Schmidt (Adding Machine, A Minister's Wife). He will be joined by
Essential Voices USA; soloists Elisa Singer, Silvie Jensen, Misa Ann Iwama, John Tiranno, and Jorell Williams; and
Kathryn Andersen & Brendan Speltz, violins, Angela Pickett, viola, Nicholas Finch, cello, & Taylor Hollyer, bass.
Grass Roots American Melancholy, a 20-minute work scored for SATB chorus, five vocal soloists, and string quintet, is based on 3 lesser-known but fascinating excerpts from Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass: “To a Certain Cantatrice,” “Sometimes with one I love,” and “To the East and to the West.”
The Composer Speaks is a series of concerts in workshop format presented by Essential Voices USA. At each concert, musical selections are first presented and performed in different formats, and each composer then discusses musical choices and compositional techniques with conductor Judith Clurman. Audience members are encouraged to ask questions and become part of the dialogue.
Tickets are $20.00 available online, at www.essentialvoices.com. or they can be purchased at the door (cash only).