New music lovers in the Philadelphia area should mark their calendars for an upcoming performance by soprano Jamie Jordan and pianist Steven Beck at the University of Pennsylvania on February 22. Jamie and Steve are among the best in the business, and I’m so glad they’ll be presenting a selection of my Sandburg Songs at Penn. This will be the premiere of selections from the voice and piano arrangement of the songs I completed during my recent residency at MacDowell Colony. (The ensemble version was premiered in Italy last summer.)
The rest of the program includes a veritable buffet of Penn composers: current faculty Jay Reise, James Primosch, and Anna Weesner; and Professors Emeriti George Crumb and Richard Wernick. I have no doubt this will be a fantastic evening of music making!