BarbaraHarbach612An evening of chamber music by Barbara Harbach will be presented on Friday, January 11 – 7:30 PM in Lee Auditorium of the Touhill Performing Arts Center on the campus of University of Missouri, One University Boulevard in St. Louis.

The program will include the World Premiere of Ms. Harbach’s Phantom of the Dreams’ Origin for chamber orchestra conducted by James Richards and readers Chris King and Stefene Russell, along with performances of Rustic Scene for Viola and Piano byJoanna Mendoza, viola and Alla Voskoboynikova, piano, Nocturne noir for Piano, by Ms.Voskoboynikova and Frontier Fancies for Violin and Piano, performed byJohn McGrosso, violin and Ruth Price, piano. The concert is dedicated toVeronica Mather George.

Barbara Harbach’s new composition for chamber orchestra was commissioned by Poetry Scores, a St. Louis-based non-profit arts organization that translates poetry into other media. The event is co-produced by Poetry Scores, Women in the Arts, and the Department of Music at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. It is a musical meditation on the poetry of Andreas Embirikos, in English translation by local poets Stefene Russell and Chris King. The piece, titled Phantom of the Dreams’ Origin, sets to music a selection of prose poems from Embirikos’ 1935 masterpiece Blast Furnace. Thecomposition is divided into eight movements, each named after a phrase from Stabakis’ translation of Embirikos: Procession, Lamentation, Semaphores, Desolation, Deprived, Tranquility, Polyhedral bell, Spinning Mill of Nocturnal Repose.

The January 11 program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 314-516-4100 or visit http://www.touhill.org/.

MSR Classics has released Ms. Harbach’s Music for Strings (MS1258) with the London Philharmonic, Chamber Music III (MS1257), Vocal Music (MS1256), Chamber Music II, (MS1255) and Toccatas, Flourishes & Fugues, A Celebration of Hymns for organ solo (MS1254). For more about these and her other MSR CDs, visit http://www.msrcd.com/. Her website is at http://www.barbaraharbach.com/.

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