From Composers

Spoleto Festival USA Box Office Opens Today

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/classical/reviews/emilie-opra-national-de-lyon-lyon-france-1917293.html The American counterpart to the  Festival dei Due Mondi in Italy takes place every year in Charleston, SC.  This year the opera offerings include Mozart’s Die Zauberflote, Menotti’s The Medium, and a newer opera by Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho called Emilie.  (Lyon 2010 review above)  Émilie Kaija Saariaho, Composer Amin Maalouf, Librettist American Premiere Venue: Memminger Auditorium Price: Price: $25 – $80 Description: Émilie du Châtelet was larger than life: lover of Voltaire, among others; esteemed physicist who first defined kinetic energy; respected mathematician and translator of Newton’s Principia Mathematica; author of a treatise on the happiness of women; inventor…

Lee Hoiby – “Where the Music Comes From”

American opera and song composer Lee Hoiby passed away this week.  He wrote both the music and text to a song that I have performed in recital and find very inspiring.  It’s strophic and straightforward, but profound in its song form.  You can find it on a recording called “Continual Conversation with a Silent Man.”  (baritone Peter Stewart and accompanied by the composer)     Where the Music Comes From – Lee Hoiby (1973) I want to be where the music comes from, Where the clock stops, where it’s now.  I want to be with the friends around me,  Who have…

Daron Hagen’s View

Seattle Opera premiered Daron Hagen’s opera Amelia in May of 2010.  Hagen is an American composer who writes not only opera and art song, but symphonies, concerti, ballets, and chamber works.  I find his words about the voice written within the liner notes of his CD “Love in a Life” incredibly sympathetic. “When a singer sings, he has nowhere to hide.  He is the matador to the listener’s bull.  A pianist can still depress the keys, a violinist still stop the strings, even a wind player can still count on the instrument to respond if they are ill.  But a…