Judith Shatin’s To Keep the Dark Away for solo piano will be performed by Misa Ito on Sunday, May 26, 12:00 PM in Auditorio Divino Narciso on the campus of Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana in Mexico City. This will be part of the Trio de las Americas program, presented by the Foro Internacional de Musica Nueva of the Instituto Nacional de Belles Artes.

The composer writes, “To Keep the Dark Away is a set of five brief movements, whose piece and movement titles are drawn from five poems by Emily Dickinson, a favorite of the composer, pianist and commissioner. It was written during a dark period when I was struggling with health issues, and the process of composing indeed helped ‘to keep the dark away.” Read her complete program notes at http://judithshatin.com/to-keep-the-dark-away/.

Other composers on the program are Toshio Hosokawa, Chen Yi, Elena Kats-Chernin, Wingel Perez, Gabriel Salcedo and Peter Maxwell Davies. More about Misa Ito and the Trio at https://www.facebook.com/pages/TR%C3%8DO-DE-LAS-AM%C3%89RICAS/214030738619704. More about the Foro Internacional de Musica Nueva at http://www.forodemusicanueva.bellasartes.gob.mx/.

Judith Shatin is currently William R. Kenan Jr. Professor at the University of Virginia, where she founded the Virginia Center for Computer Music. Visit her online at http://www.judithshatin.com.

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