Thank You’s from Montclair

Thanks to Sara Noble and Adam Marks for last night’s fine first performance of “From Blue Symphony” and for their hard work on the student compositions on the Pictures 2013 concert. As always, it was a pleasure to work with the staff at Montclair Art Museum and to catch up with our friends Darren Gage and Kimberly Nicole Burja. Hope we all get to work together again!

Program Note – From Blue Symphony

“From Blue Symphony” receives its premiere tonight at Montclair Art Museum in New Jersey.

“From Blue Symphony” is a text taken from a longer poem by John Gould Fletcher. Published in 1913, it is from one of several collections of his work that have been associated with the Imagist poets. I found Fletcher’s evocative use of coloristic imagery and experiments with abstraction to share an affinity with some of the concerns explored by Manniere Dawson in his 1913 painting “Wharf Under Mountain.” In my setting, I tried to emulate their respective interests in interplay of color (harmony), images (gesture), and abstraction (melodic angularity). The song was composed in May 2013 in South Amboy, NJ and is dedicated to soprano Sara Noble, its first interpreter.

– Christian Carey

Thursday: Pictures 2013 Concert

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Tomorrow, soprano Sara Noble premieres a new art song I’ve written for her at Montclair Art Museum. 

Sara and Carl Patrick Bolleia (pictured above) both served with me as jurors to select the other works on the concert from submissions by NJ middle school, high school, and college composers. The works by these students are quite impressive!

Free concert at 7 PM. Sponsored by the museum and by NJ Arts Collective.

More Performances in June

Today, I got news of two more performances taking place in June.  Last year, Haddonfield Memorial High School commissioned an SATB setting of Stephen John Kalinich’s poem “Ballet of the Soul.” It will be premiered June 16th at their Baccalaureate Service at Haddonfield United Methodist Church.

In a concert open to the public on June 11, Joseph Arndt will be performing some of my organ music as part of a lunchtime series he’s instituted at Grace Church in Newark. Details for these and other June events are below.

Event Details – June 

June 6 – From “Blue Symphony” … Sara Noble, soprano; Carl Patrick Bolleia, piano; Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ, 7 PM (6:15 pre-concert talk). Free event (more info here).

11 – Spiritual Variations, Joseph Arndt, organ; Grace Church Newark, 12:30 PM.

11 – My Kiss is a Journey …, C4 Choral Ensemble; St. Peter’s Church, NYC, 8 PM. Ticket info here.

16 – Ballet of the Soul (premiere), Haddonfield Memorial High School Madrigal Singers, Daniel Grayberg, conductor; Haddonfield United Methodist Church,  7:30 PM.

 

Performances in June

My new vocal work Poems from 1913 will be premiered at Montclair Art Museum on June 6th. It has been commissioned by the museum and by NJ Arts Collective and is based on Manniere Dawson’s painting Wharf Under Mountain (1913, pictured above). C4 reprises “My Kiss is a Journey …” on June 11 at St. Peter’s Church in Manhattan.

Event details

June 6 – Poems from 1913 … Sara Noble, soprano; Carl Patrick Bolleia, piano; Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ, 7 PM (6:15 pre-concert talk). Free event (more info here).

11 – My Kiss is a Journey …, C4 Choral Ensemble; St. Peter’s Church, NYC, 8 PM. Ticket info here.