Seattle Premiere Wrap-Up

Thanks to Eric Banks and the Esoterics for a great premiere weekend! Last weekend, Oct. 17th and 18th, they performed my recent choral work, Nocturne, in two extraordinary concert spaces in Seattle: St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, and the Holy Rosary Catholic Church. The piece truly came alive in both spaces, with beautiful and stirring performances highlighting the floating, dream-like feeling of Whitman’s text. Both concerts were extraordinary explorations of new choral music, being made up of an entire program of premieres! This is something that very few choirs do, and they made it look easy and natural. Other pieces on the program were by composers Eric Banks, Nilo Alcala, Eduardo Malachevsky, and Donald Skirvin (the Esoterics long-time composer-in-residence). The concerts were an aural feast and the spaces could not have been more beautiful. Bravo to all who were involved, but most of all to Eric Banks, the truly gifted conductor of this fine choir! The live recording from the Oct. 18th concert is currently available for listening on my recordings page, with video and photos to follow later this week. Thanks for listening!
–SBA

Featured Recordings

Live Performance by eighth blackbird

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for two alto saxophones, mallet percussion, and piano

live performance by Zach Herchen, Philipp Stäudlin, Ryan Packard, and Aaron Likness, June 26th, 2011

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