JSC313Composer Judith Sainte Croix’s Vision V will be given its World Premiere by the American Composers Orchestra, George Manahan, Music Director and Conductor, on Friday, April 5 – 7:30 PM at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, 57th Street and 7th Avenue in Manhattan. The piece was developed as part of the orchestra’s coLABoratory: Playing It Unsafe program.

The Sonora Trio, Judith Sainte Croix, synthesizer; Andrew Bolotowsky, Native American flute; and Oren Fader, electric guitar will perform as soloists in the new work.

The composer writes, “Vision V is a sonic drama in which the sound of the electric guitar represents a contemporary “everyperson”, the sound of the ancient Native American flute points toward inner wisdom and the sounds of the synthesizer bring to mind a luminous ground of being a sort of perpetual life energy. The orchestral sounds imply the context of “everyperson’s” journey while projected digital images suggest our energy bodies. The music extends into the audience when they are invited to participate.”

The piece is in three parts and each part has several sections: I. Toward Liberation – Reaching, Extreme Mystery, Essence, Soarings; II. SunShadow – Wind Opens the Trees, Thunderbirds, Portal of Roots & Joy and III. Inner Space Lucid, Breezes, Diamonds of Light in the Grass.

The process of creating the work included workshops with orchestral musicians who were asked to create sonic images based on electronic sounds and poetic images relating to various qualities of light. Vision V is the fifth in a series of compositions by the composer which combine indigenous instruments of the Americas with Western classical instruments.

Other composers participating in coLABoratory this season are Du Yun, Troy Herion, Raymond J. Lustig and Dan Visconti, selected from a national search for their willingness to experiment and stretch their own musical sensibilities, and their ability to test the limits of the orchestra. coLABoratory grew out of ACO’s ongoing mission to commission and perform new music that expands the range of possibilities for – and challenges conventional notions about – orchestral music. More about the program at http://www.americancomposers.org/coLABoratory/. Visit the ACO at http://www.americancomposers.org/index.htm.

Tickets for the April 5 concert are $40-$50 and are available from Carnegie Hall – http://www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2013/4/5/0730/PM/American-Composers-Orchestra/ or by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800.

Judith Sainte Croix writes opera as well as chamber, orchestral and electronic music. She describes her work as transformational, often expressing themes of social and environmental awareness. She refers to her style as evo-impressionism (evocative music on themes of ecology and evolution). Her sound palette is lyrical and atmospheric with interruptions of driving rhythms, drawing on both ancient and futuristic sounds. More about her at http://sonoratrio.com/Bio_Pages.html.

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