Concert Artists Guild opens its 2018-19 season of concerts with WORDS AND MUSIC: A CELEBRATION OF SONGS COMMISSIONED BY CAG. The one-hour concert is on Tuesday, September 25 at 7:30pm at the Kosciuszko Foundation, 15 East 65th Street in New York. Tickets are $25/$15 and can be purchased here.

The program presents thirteen songs by American composers recently commissioned by CAG. Three of the songs are world premieres: Michael Brown's "Bronze Statue of a Man" and "Marble Statue of Aphrodite", and Richard Wilson's "Words and Music: An Argument". The composers are:

Michael Brown, member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Composer-in-Residence for the New Haven Symphony.

Jeremy Gill, recipient of residencies and fellowships with Chautauqua Opera, Copland House, American Opera House, and the MacDowell Colony.

Jake Heggie, composer of the operas Dead Man Walking, Moby-Dick, It's a Wonderful Life, Great Scott, Three Decembers, Out of Darkness: Two Remain, and The Radio Hour.

Paul Moravec, recipient of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize in Music, the Rome Prize Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, awards from the American Academy of Letters, National Endowment for the Arts, and Rockefeller Foundation.

Richard Wilson, composer-in-residence with the American Symphony under Leon Botstein and recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship under which he composed the opera AEthelred the Unready.

The songs are set to the poetry of Lucy Miller Murray, founder of Market Square Concerts and CAG Board member.

Performers are recent or past winners of the Concert Artists Guild Competition including:

Sarah Wolfson, soprano

Mischa Bouvier, baritone

Yoonah Kim, clarinet

David Shifrin, clarinet

Renate Rohlfing will join the winners as collaborative pianist.

The concert is in honor of the retirement of Richard Weinert, Concert Artists Guild President 2000-2018.

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