JShatinPhoto2Judith Shatin’s Penelope’s Song for viola and electronics will be performed by violist Karen Ritscher as part of her concert on Friday, September 27 at 6:00 PM at Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A West 13th Street in New York, NY.

The composer writes about the work, “Penelope’s Song was inspired by Homer’s epic, the Odyssey, which is about the travails of Odysseus…It also tells of his wife, Penelope, Queen of Ithaca, waiting for him…This piece is a tribute to her, and sings of her own adventures. The electronics were created from a recording I made of local weaver Jan Russell working on wooden looms. I processed and shaped these materials, weaving a new sonic fabric, using RTcmix, running under Linux… The original version of Penelope’s Song was composed for and edited by violist Rozanna Weinberger, who performed the American premiere at the University of Virginia in March, 2004.” More about the piece at http://judithshatin.com/penelopes-song-viola-electronics/.

Visit violist Karen Ritscher at http://karenritscher.com/index.html.

For more information about the concert, call 212-645-2800 or visit http://www.tenri.org/.

Ravello Records has reissued Judith Shatin’s acclaimed CD Piping the Earth – http://www.classicsonline.com/catalogue/product.aspx?pid=1434848. Her music can also be heard on the Innova, Etcetera, Capstone, Centaur, Neuma, New World and Sonora labels. She 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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