Although I only taught at Manhattan School of Music for a year, one of the great joys and privileges of that experience was meeting and working with composer, vocalist, copyist, and teacher Hayes Biggs. This past Fall, Hayes helped us to organize the Sequenza 21/MNMP Concert, going through stacks and stacks of scores as an adjudicator and, as a composer, contributing one of his own: the beautiful last movement of his string quartet O Sapentia/Steal Away.
After twenty years on the faculty at Manhattan School of Music, Hayes is finally getting a solo show there: a composition recital that features the world premiere of his song cycle Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs (2011), performed by soprano Susan Narucki and pianist Christopher Oldfather. Attendees will also get to hear Hayes’s string quartet in its entirety, performed by the Avalon Quartet: the group that not only commissioned and premiered it, but also recorded Steal Away/O Sapentia for the Albany imprint. Event details are below. If you’re in the area, I hope you’ll make the trip uptown to hear Hayes’s music: it is very special work.
Sunday January 15, 2012 at 7:30 PM
William R. and Irene D. Miller Recital Hall,
Manhattan School of Music,
120 Claremont Avenue (entrance on 122nd and Broadway), New York, NY