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Premiere of Barbara Harbach’s Nocturne Noir Performed by Pianist Alla Voskoboynikova

December 3, 2012
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jeffrey James Arts Consulting
516-586-3433 or jamesarts@att.net

The Premiere of Barbara Harbach’s Nocturne noir will be performed by pianist Alla Voskoboynikova as part of her faculty recital on Tuesday, December 4 – 7:30 PM at Touhill Performing Arts Center on the campus of University of Missouri, One University Boulevard in St. Louis.

The composer writes, “In the night, Nocturne noir enters the mind, where dreams and motives intertwine, ever shifting between reality and fantasy. Slow awakening from a deep sleep begins with an ascending jagged scale, becoming more insistent until block chords made of the intervals of the scale lead into an agitated left hand ostinato with an octave melody soaring overhead. Serenity briefly returns with a lyrical section but is continually over ridden by agitation. The nightmare deepens with a jig fugue that begins in the lower reaches of the piano, rising dramatically upwards. All the melodic elements alternate adding to the tension until total awareness of the night abruptly wakes the consciousness in a final ascending upward passage.”

The piece was composed for Ms. Voskoboynikova, who will also present works by Scarlatti, Ravel and Rachmaninoff.

The December 4 program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 314-516-4100 or visit http://www.touhill.org/default.asp?touhill=51&objId=1057.

As a composer, Barbara Harbach has a large catalog of works, including symphonies, works for chamber ensemble, string orchestra, organ, harpsichord, musicals, choral anthems, film scores, modern ballets, and many arrangements for brass and organ of various Baroque works. Her music is available on MSR Classics, Naxos, Crystal, Gasparo, Kingdom, Albany and Northeastern Records, and is published by Hester Park, Robert King, Elkan-Vogel, Augsburg Publishing, Agape Music and Vivace Press. She has also toured extensively as both concert organist and harpsichordist.

MSR Classics has released Ms. Harbach’s Music for Strings (MS1258) with the London Philharmonic, Chamber Music III (MS1257), Vocal Music (MS1256), Chamber Music II, (MS1255) and Toccatas, Flourishes & Fugues, A Celebration of Hymns for organ solo (MS1254). For more about these and her other MSR CDs, visit http://www.msrcd.com/. Her website is at http://www.barbaraharbach.com/.

For press inquiries, photos or more information about Barbara Harbach, please contact Jeffrey James Arts Consulting at 516-586-3433 or jamesarts@att.net.

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