Performance + Music
November 14, 2014
8 PM - 9:45 PM
Cornell Symphony Orchestra with conductor Chris Younghoon Kim present the premiere of Christopher Stark’s Soldier Asleep at the Tomb, with guest soprano Lucy Fitz Gibbon, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 5.
Described as “fetching and colorful,” (New York Times) Stark’s music has been performed in concert venues around the world from the Neue Synagoge Berlin to Carnegie Hall. A recipient of the coveted Underwood Commission from the American Composers Orchestra, and winner of the prix de composition from the Orléans International Piano Competition, his music has been featured on NPR’s Performance Today and was broadcast as a fan-voted favorite on WQXR, New York City’s classical music station. Stark has been programmed, rehearsed, and performed by such ensembles as the Sacramento Philharmonic, American Composers Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, Los Angeles Piano Quartet, Dinosaur Annex, Oberlin Contemporary Ensemble, University of Texas Wind Ensemble, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, and members of eighth blackbird. Most recently, Stark was awarded commissions from the Fromm Foundation and Chamber Music America, and was one of three winners of the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings Commission Project. He also worked with Grammy-winning country music artists, Zac Brown Band, on an arrangement of their hit song Free for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leonard Slatkin.
Noted for her “dazzling, virtuoso singing” (Boston Globe) and “endearing stage presence” (New York Times), soprano Lucy Fitz Gibbon is versatile performer whose repertoire spans the baroque to the present. The 2013-2014 season held many exciting performances for Lucy: after her debut with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, the Twin Cities Daily Planet wrote that she “upstaged the rest of the cast with a musically stunning and dramatically chilling portrayal of the precocious and disturbing youth Miles,” while the Berkshire Review praised her “agile and beautifully focused soprano of exceedingly wide range, uniform timbre, and great flexibility” during a performance of Fred Lerdahl’s Wake at Tanglewood’s Festival of Contemporary Music. Lucy believes that creating new works and recreating those lost in centuries past is integral to the continuation of classical music today.
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