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A Concert to Honor Gregg Smith, Composer/Choral Pioneer in His 80th Decade
Ari Streisfeld, violinist from the renowned JACK Quartet and Evan Ziporyn, clarinetist/composer, and original artist of Bang on a Can, join GSS soprano *Eileen Clark and pianist/conductor Thomas Schmidt in Gregg's Double Sonata (poetry of Herrick/Milton) and Fallen Angels (poetry of Kim Rich). Two other rarely performed pieces by Gregg will also be featured.
* The New York Times describes Eileen Clark as "a knockout" for her interpretation of Gershwin and Cole Porter, and "shining and confident" for her rendering of Krenek's Kantate.
Fans and friends say: "Rehearsals have begun. It was delightful to watch Gregg's face light up as he followed along his old vellums, meanwhile Ari and Tom's technical skills dared the score to be even more complex than it is. We find Gregg's Double Sonata to be deeply beautiful and his Fallen Angels explores American vernacular with crunchy jazz sounds, while Kim's poetry gives voice to the ways New Yorkers think. Everyone is familiar with Gregg's vast body of choral work, but his solo works, until now, have been rarely heard. These pieces deserve to take their place in the daily canon of American art song.
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