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Dale Wolford, alto saxophone,
and Victoria Lington, piano
Composer David Beiedenbender was born in 1984 in Waukesha, Wisconsin. His first musical collaborations were in rock and jazz bands as an electric bassist and in wind and jazz bands as a bass trombone and euphonium player. In his music, he seeks to fuse the ebullience, energy, and clarity of his diverse musical influences with his own musical language.
VOCALISE – Lee Ettelson Composer's Award
Mira Benjamin, violin
Vocalise is dedicated to the violinist Mira Benjamin. This composition is largely influenced by my exposure to Hindustani (Classical North India) music. The title, Vocalise, refers both to the long lyrical sections performed on a single violin string, as in the famous Vocalise of Rachmaninoff, ...
A chamber opera by Allen Shearer
on a libretto after Kafka by Claudia Stevens.
Michael Mendelsohn as the Schoolmaster
Allen Shearer as the Journalist
Richard Mix as the Professor
Jonathan Khuner, conductor
Claudia Stevens, director
Tod Brody, flute; Laura Reynolds, oboe;
Greg Barber, bassoon; Miles Graber, piano;
Michel Taddei, double bass.
A Very Large Mole, written and premiered last year, is an adaptation of the Kafka story "Der Dorfschulmeister." A village schoolmaster claims to have discovered a gigantic mole in his remote district and has contrived to write a pamphlet about it. His literary efforts are ridiculed by a local journalist, and a professor respected as an expert on moles dismisses his pretensions to scholarship. Thus a questionable occurrence humorously generates the sort of turf war familiar in academic circles. A Very Large Mole is scored for three male singers and five instruments, and lasts 25 minutes. — A.S.