Two days of music honoring and featuring the internationally acclaimed composer, Carman Moore, a recent Guggenheim Fellowship winner, and noted conductor, author and educator, will be presented at Manhattan’s West Park Presbyterian Church (165 W.86th Street at Amsterdam Ave.) on October 18th and 19th. Moore has composed music in many genres—orchestral symphonies, concertos, chamber, meditational and choral music. His amazing scope of work also includes film, theatre, dance and ballet scores, operas, lyrics for a rock recording and a pop/rock concept album (about Dante & Beatrice), to mention a few. Each of the two days offers a diversity of music including two world premieres, one on each evening
Featured on October 18th beginning at 8 p.m, will be the world-renowned electro-acoustic SKYMUSIC ENSEMBLE, conducted by Moore. The program includes a world premiere, TO HIGH HEAVENS, and a recently premiered mixed media piece by Moore, THE QUIET PIECE, which includes a dancer and spectacular projections designed by Carlotta Bertolotto (Julie Taymor)
The October 19th concert at 7 p.m. features the world premiere of the dramatic song cycle GIRL OF DIAMOND MOUNTAIN co-composed and performed by Moore and Danish vocalist/composer Lotte Arnsbjerg. The piece is about a young girl who suffers sexual abuse and finds a degree of peace through love and spiritual growth. Also on the 19th the EKS jazz trio, led by Skymusic pianist J. Eric Johnson, will play a program featuring Johnson’s variations on works by Moore and the late Skymusic Ensemble violinist Leroy Jenkins. Moore founded the Skymusic Ensemble in 1980 and has been composing works for the group ever since.
While many Carman Moore works (for example the 1993 LOVE NOTES TO CENTRAL PARK performed in three park spaces with the Pearson/Widrig Dance company) have featured performance in alternative spaces using mixed-media, many of his works have been commissioned and played by world-famous establishment ensembles such as the N.Y. Philharmonic (Pierre Boulez), San Francisco Symphony (Seiji Ozawa), The Cleveland Orchestra (Isaiah Jackson), and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Recently his CONCERTO FOR ORNETTE was performed by The New Juilliard Ensemble orchestra.
These concerts offer a rare occasion to hear a diversity of Moore’s compositions and two world premieres.
Please visit www.carmanmoore.com for more information about the composer.