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Poems of Yeats and Dickinson set to music

Posted by: Claude Peck under Music, Classical, Concert news, Culture, Minnesota musicians, People, Theaters Updated: March 14, 2013 - 5:02 PM

 

Composer/pianist Gregg Kallor and mezzo-soprano Adriana Zabala / Photo provided by University of Minnesota School of Music

Composer and pianist Gregg Kallor has set poems of Emily Dickinson and William Butler Yeats to music, and they will be performed in a free concert March 28 at 7:30 p.m. at Ted Mann Concert Hall, University of Minnesota.

The singer will be mezzo Adriana Zabala, who teaches voice at the University and was recently seen as Sister James  in the Minnesota Opera's world premiere opera "Doubt."

Kallor and Zabala premiered the song cycle  in 2007 at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, and recorded them the following year. Zabala has appeared several times with Minnesota Opera and with numerous orchestras, including the Minnesota Orchestra.

Kallor's most recent Carnegie Hall concert, in April 2011, featured the world premiere of his nine-movement suite for solo piano, "A Single Noon" - - a musical tableau of New York life told through a combination of composed music and improvisation."

Kallor's fetishized coffee-drinking music video, "Espresso Nirvana," below, is set to the sixth movement of the suite. 

 

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