On this first of our “Next Page” concerts, we feature Amy Beth Kirsten, who has been praised by top-tier publications, including the Washington Post: “…the music is complex and multilayered, rich in allusions, and often extraordinarily beautiful.” Volti will sing the world premiere of her new work, It is possible these things do not exist:, after Ursula Le Guin’s short story The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas and Izumi Shikibu’s poem, Although the wind…
This new commission will pair with In the Black, Kirsten’s Choral Arts Laboratory winning composition from 2007. The audience is invited to an “Inter-ception” after the concert—an interactive reception for the audience to share feedback on what they’ve just heard, and to connect them directly with the artists.
Also on the program:
Forrest Pierce’s gorgeous Gratitude Sutra, the 2012 Barlow Prize winner Volti premiered in 2014. Poem by Gary Snyder, Prayer for the Great Family, from Turtle Island. (To be recorded for future release.)
Stacy Garrop’s Songs of Lowly Life. Poetry by Paul Laurence Dunbar. (To be recorded for future release.)
And a beautiful work by young Lithuanian-born composer Žibuoklė Martinaitytė—The Blue of Distance.