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World Premiere of Bond and Free by Dan Locklair on June 9 by Vocal Arts Ensemble of Durham, North Carolina

Location: North Carolina, USA
Choir type: Professional Choirs
Voicing: Mixed
June 6, 2013
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jeffrey James Arts Consulting
516-586-3433 or
World Premiere of Choral Music of Dan Locklair on June 9 by Vocal Arts Ensemble of Durham, North Carolina
The World Premiere of Dan Locklair’s Bond and Free, a Partsong for SATB Chorus (divisi), a cappella, will be given by the Vocal Arts Ensemble of Durham, Rodney Wynkoop, Conductor and Artistic Director, on Sunday, June 9 at 4:00 PM at Duke Chapel, 401 Chapel Drive in Durham, North Carolina. This will be part of the Ensemble’s There Will Be Rest concert.
The composer writes, “My Bond and Free was completed in early April 2012. It is dedicated to the outstanding American choral musician, Rodney Wynkoop…Approximately four minutes in length, Bond and Free takes its title from the Robert Frost poem by the same name…The poem was originally published in 1916 as a part of Frost’s third collection of poetry entitled Mountain Interval.” Read his complete notes at The piece is published by Subito Music -
Other composers on the program are Stephen Chatman, James MacMillan, Steven Sametz, Francis Poulenc, Herbert Howells, Ned Rorem, Dale Warland, Dan Forrest, Eriks Esenvalds, Arvo Part and Jaako Mantyjarvi. More about the music at
The Vocal Arts Ensemble of Durham was founded in 1996 by Rodney Wynkoop to provide choral performance opportunities for singers in North Carolina’s Triangle region (Durham, Chapel Hill, and Raleigh). Its 32 members are selected mainly from among musicians who have sung in other choral groups under Dr. Wynkoop’s direction. VAE’s mostly a cappella repertoire ranges from the Renaissance to the present. More about them at
Tickets are $10, available by calling 919-684-4444 or by visiting
Dan Locklair's music is widely performed throughout the U.S. and around the world. His catalog includes symphonic works, a ballet, an opera, chamber, instrumental, vocal and choral compositions. Widely sought after as a commissioned composer, musicians worldwide, including the Helsinki Philharmonic, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Kansas City Symphony, the St. Louis Orchestra, the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys of New York City and the Saint Paul’s Cathedral Choir of London have performed Dr. Locklair's music. Broadcasts of it have included Vatican Radio, Czech Radio, Radio Finland, NPR, the BBC and the CBC. Recordings of his works are available on Naxos, Ondine, Koch, Albany, Loft, Priory (UK) and other labels. His primary publishers are Ricordi and Subito. Dan Locklair is Composer-in-Residence and Professor of Music at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
More information about him, including a bio, list of works, discography and much more, at You can also contact Jeffrey James Arts Consulting at 516-586-3433 or
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