Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Coro Allegro of Boston commissions St. Louis composer for new epic work, March 24, 2019

composed by Fred Onovwerosuoke
commissioned by Coro Allegro of Boston, MA

Tai Oney

Jonas Budris

Fred Onovwerosuoke

Coro Allegro of Boston

August 27, 2018

Sunday, March 24, 2019 3pm • Sanders Theatre,
Cambridge, MA
A Triptych of American Voices: A Cantata of the People
A kaleidoscopic world premiere by an immigrant composer that shines light on America through the prisms of three great poems: Maya Angelou's "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," Langston Hughes' "As I Grew Older,” and Michael Castro's "We Need to Talk.” Also on the program is a reprise of the composer's "Caprice for Piano & Orchestra"

Tai Oney, countertenor
Jonas Budris, tenor

Darryl Hollister, piano
Coro Allegro and the Coro Allegro Chamber Orchestra,
David Hodgkins, conductor & artistic director
Visit http://www.fredomusic.com for composer Onovwerosuoke's profile and works.
Visit http://www.coroallegro.org for contact and other Coro Allegro info.
Visit http://www.countertenorcorner.com/tai-oney.html for counter-tenor Tai Oney's profile.
Visit http://jonasbudris.com for tenor Jonas Budris profile. 

A Triptych of American Voices: A Cantata of the People, a new work by St. Louis composer, Fred Onovwerosuoke, is a kaleidoscope on prevailing themes of American political discourse, from the purview of an immigrant composer. It's a musical narrative told from the prisms of 3 great poems - Maya Angelou's "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," Langston Hughes' "As I Grew Older," and Michael Castro's "We Need to Talk." The musical lingua is deliberately diverse, drawing from a variety of cultural influences. Imagery abound - of Native American pow-wows, early African American holler songs, and ancient chants echoed from Appalachian mountains - all woven on a sonic tapestry that is immediately American, but in a broad perspective, universal. The 30-minute work, scored for mixed chorus, counter-tenor and tenor soloists, and orchestra, was commissioned by Coro Allegro of Boston, MA. World premiere concert scheduled for March 24, 2019, 3PM at the Sanders Theatre in Cambridge, MA.

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