JShatinPhoto3Judith Shatin’s For the Birds for amplified cello and electronic playback and I Am Rose for SSA chorus and electronics will be performed on Friday, April 12 – 7:30 PM at Ganz Hall on the campus of Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Illinois as part of the closing concert of the Chicago Electroacoustic Festival.

Ms. Shatin will be in residence as the Festival’s featured composer, and will give composition lessons and present a seminar on her music. She was also a judge for the CCPA Electroacoustic Composition Competition.

Kyra Saltman will perform For the Birds and the CCPA Concert Chorale, conducted by Mark Crayton will present I Am Rose (text by Gertrude Stein). More about For the Birds at http://judithshatin.com/for-the-birds/ and I Am Rose at http://judithshatin.com/i-am-rose/.

Music by Chicago composers Kyong Mee Choi, Mike McFerron, Timothy Edwards, Kotoka Suzuki and Timothy Johnson will also be presented, along with works by the CCPA Competition winning composers.

This concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 312-341-3500 or visit http://www.roosevelt.edu/News_and_Events/Calendar/EventDetails.aspx?ccpaid=150793.

Shatin’s Hebrew setting of Birkat Hakohanim for a cappella chorus, will be performed on Saturday, April 13 at 7:00 PM by the University Singers and their Director Michael Slon at Old Cabell Hall on the campus of University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

The composer writes, “Birkat Hakohanim, known as The Priestly Blessing, is drawn from the Bible, Numbers 6:24-26. The University of Virginia Singers and their Director, Michael Slon commissioned my SATB a cappella setting. Often found in ancient amulets, and traditionally recited by male descendents of Aaron. It has traditionally performed during parts of the Sabbath and other services, and it appears in wide use in translation in the Christian liturgy. Conductor Michael Slon requested this particular text, and I was drawn to its rich tradition, as well as the spiritual and sonic qualities of the text.”

This American Voices concert will also feature composers Matthew Burtner, Eric Whitacre, Libby Larsen, Stephen Paulus, Steven Stucky, Frank Ticheli and Forrest Pierce. More about the University Singers at http://artsandsciences.virginia.edu/music/performance/ensembles/studentensembles/universitysingers.html.

Tickets are $15 general and $5 students. For more information, call 434-924-3376 or visit http://artsandsciences.virginia.edu/music/concertsevents/pressreleases/12-13/130413USingers.html.

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