The World Premiere of John Bilotta’s Song of the Hermit Thrush, for soprano, flute, oboe, violin, viola, and cello will be given by soprano Sarita Cannon and the Divisa Ensemble on Saturday, February 22 – 8:00pm at Lucie Stern Ballroom, 1305 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto, California, as part of the NACUSA-SF Composers & Friends concert.

This work for soprano and five instruments was commissioned by videographer Nancy Bogen as part of her new work featuring Russell Oberlin reading Walt Whitman’s When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d.

Other West Coast composers on the February 22 program are Anne Baldwin, Greg Steinke, Karl Schmidt, Paul Rosas, Simon Bokman, and Sondra Clark.

Admission is $17 general and $12 students/seniors. For tickets and more information, call 408-293-2765 or visit

John Bilotta’s works have been performed by soloists and ensembles around the world. He co-directs, with Brian Bice and Davide Verotta, San Francisco’s annual Festival of Contemporary Music. Visit him at

Nancy Bogen was the founder and Artistic Director of The Lark Ascending, a mixed-media performance organization. She is creating a growing catalog of videos, including Textur, based on the music of Austrian composer Katerina Klement, available for viewing at More about her at


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