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Length: Approximately 90 min.
About Southwest Voices
Our fifth annual Southwest Voices celebrates contemporary composers and poets from central Texas and the Southwest including contributors from Arizona, New Mexico, and Oklahoma.
At Chorus Austin, we are passionate about new music and offer this concert to bring new works and compositional voices to our community. Many of the composers are or have been singers in our ensembles and being able to shine a spotlight on them gives us an extra sense of community.
This year, we are delighted to introduce Darren Schmidt, the winner of our 2018 Young Composer Contest. His piece, Set Me As A Seal, was selected from over 25 submissions. We are eager to share Darren’s beautiful music with you, and to encourage this very talented voice.
In recognition of our commitment to young composers, Chorus Austin had the honor of receiving the 2017 Dale Warland Singers Commission Award from Chorus America. With that prize money, we reached back to our first winner in 2014, Joshua Fishbein.
Dr. Fishbein is now on the faculty of the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. In collaboration with former poet laureate of Oklahoma and current Austin resident, Nathan Brown, Chorus Austin is proud to offer the world premiere of Sunset Symphony set to poetry by Nathan Brown.
It’s a stunning piece, full of luscious harmonies, vivid word-painting capturing the interaction with nature, the roaring of applause, and even a playful wink to “middle sea,” when the voices are brought to, you guessed it, middle C! Both the composer and the poet will be joining us for the weekend, you don’t want to miss this exciting performance.
Additional featured composers include: Joshua Shank, Margaret Brouwer, Stephanie Andrews, Trevor Shaw, David Ashley White, Robbie LaBanca, Marc Lionetti, Marjorie Halloran and Ryan Heller – many of whom will be in attendance. This gives you, our audience members, a unique opportunity to speak with the composers immediately after hearing their work.
Concert Program includes:
2017 Dale Warland Singers Commission Award