Music for Opera & Choir

Choir

How Birds Singfor women’s choir, string quartet, double bass & piano

Melodia Women’s Choir of NYC; Cynthia Powell, conductor; The Transfiguration Quintet; Taisiya Pushkar, piano.

Notes Upon the Breeze

1. How Birds Sing   read poem   (2:18)

2. Drops in the Bucket   read poem   (2:35)

3. Distance    read poem   (2:35)

Melodia Women’s Choir of NYC; Cynthia Powell, conductor; The Transfiguration Quintet; Taisiya Pushkar, piano.

SSA | 2 vln, vla, vc, db, pno
Poetry by Kay Ryan
Dur: 7.5 min
Commissioned by Melodia Women’s Choir of NYC.

Chris Lastovicka rehearsing with Eastman - conductor Philip Silvey

Chris Lastovicka rehearsing the premiere of “Ryan Songs” with conductor Philip Silvey. Eastman School of Music

Ryan Songs

1. Why We Must Struggle   read poem   (3:16)

2. Gaps   read poem   (3:37)

3. Say Uncle   read poem   (2:25)

Eastman Women’s Chorus; Philip Silvey, conductor; Emily Luce, Sarah Korath, solosts; Miclen LaiPeng, Michael Perry, violins; Ian Greenberg, Philip Lee, cellos; Jacinda Ripley, trumpet; Bevin Fleming, french horn; HyoungJin Kim, piano.

SSA | 2 vln, 2 vc, tpt, hn, pno
Poetry by Kay Ryan
Dur: 9.5 min
Composed for Eastman Women’s Chorus.

Icarus


University of Cincinnati Women’s Chorus; Stephanie Mitchell, conductor; students from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music; Chris Lastovicka, piano.

“As Icarus flew higher, he heard drums.
He could see, feel, smell, finally even taste percussion.”
—E.M. Lauricella

SSA | 2 vln, vla, 2 vc, db, tpt, hn, pno
Dur: 5:15 min
Commissioned by the University of Cincinnati Women’s Chorus.

Opera

Crossing the Horizonchamber opera about UFO abduction

Cynthia Katsarelis, conductor; Kimberly Tobola, soprano; Diana Cataldi, mezzo-soprano; Laura Backley, contralto; Eric Bates, Lara Theilmann-Messerly, violins; Robert Garcia, french horn; Christina Coletta, Heidi Mausbach, Damon Gray, cellos; Chris Lastovicka, piano.

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