This performance offers a once-only chance to experience World Premiere performances by two major living composers in the beautiful stained-glass glow of Covington's Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption.
Composer Julia Adolphe, winner of the 2016 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award, will be in Cincinnati for the world premiere of her new work Sea Dream Elegies, inspired by poems by Nahal Navidar. Ms. Adolphe's works will also be featured this year by the New York Philharmonic under the direction of Jaap Van Zweden.
Alvin Singleton, recently elected to the prestigious Academy of Arts and Letters, has composed Prayer specifically for the May Festival. Singleton infuses the work with gestures typical of an African-American church service while avoiding overt imitations of gospel music. The piece sets a poetic ‘Christian Prayer’ that, like a modern-day Kyrie, calls to ‘save us … teach us’ and extols the importance of humility and the defeat of violence.
MOZART: Regina Coeli
JULIA ADOLPHE: Sea Dream Elegies WORLD PREMIERE
ALVIN SINGLETON: Prayer WORLD PREMIERE
MOZART: Ave verum corpus
Pre-concert prelude music featuring Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Associate Principal Trumpet Douglas Lindsay and organist Gregory Schaffer
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