Judith Shatin’s To Keep the Dark Away for solo piano will be performed by Jerry Kuderna on Friday, October 11, 12:00 PM at 2133 University Avenue in Berkeley, California. This will be part of the month-long Berkeley Arts Festival.

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/.

Pianist Kuderna will present a program that includes classics and other contemporary compositions.

More about the Berkeley Arts Festival at http://www.berkeleyartsfestival.com/.

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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