Lembit Beecher has a new opera project, To Hide in a Tree of Sound. As described on Beecher’s website about the project, “[t]he opera focuses on the imaginary landscape of childhood, and in particular, the way children use their imaginations to deal with trauma. At the center of the work is a modular, music-generating sculpture, which will function both as a musical instrument and as a character in the drama, a surreal creature or confidante imagined by the child.” Beecher recently posted a “sculpture demo” from the project. Beecher and cellist Karen Ouzounian, who joined hands in marriage just last week, perform in the video.
Another powerhouse musical couple, Shawn Jaeger and Lucy Dhegrae, feature in the first video below. I’ve sung the praises of Shawn Jaeger’s The Cold Pane before. Now there is a video performance of the piece available, with Lucy Dhegrae as vocalist (singing without a score, please note), accompanied by members of Contemporaneous Josh Henderson (violin), Colin Davin (mandolin), Vicente Alexim (clarinet), and Pat Swoboda (bass), conducted by David Bloom. Program Notes for The Cold Pane may be found here, and the score may be found here.
From the same concert, Shawn Jaeger in residence at Roulette, here are two more selections:
The second is an excerpt from Jaeger’s work-in-progress, Wilderness of Woe. Contemporaneous performs, with David Bloom conducting. The piece, as described on Jaeger’s website, is “based on remixed audio from recordings of Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys.” Written for large ensemble, it is orchestrated for “16 players: flute, oboe, clarinet in Bb, alto saxophone, bassoon, horn, trumpet in Bb, trombone, 2 percussion, piano, violin I, violin II, viola, cello, double bass.”
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