On April 26, the American Modern Ensemble will present its first concert at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and its first program devoted completely to the vocal works of composer and AME founder Robert Paterson.
The program will feature six works for voice and piano, including three world premieres. In a press release Paterson said, “The texts are wildly diverse, and include poems constructed from reCAPTCHA texts (those texts you type online to prove that you’re human), songs about the life of baseball catcher Mike Piazza, online dating, and settings of poems by W. H. Auden, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Richard Wilbur, William Carlos Williams, Sara Teasdale, David Cote (my collaborator on the opera ‘Three Way’), and others.”
The works that will be performed are “In Real Life (text by David Cote),” “Batter’s Box (text by Kenny Berkowitz and Bridget Meeds),” and “Crossing the Hudson (text by Mark Campbell),” and three world premieres: “Night Songs (settings of poems by W. H. Auden, Michael Collier, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Dana Gioia, and Ted Kooser),” “CAPTCHA (premiere of a version for mezzo soprano and piano),” and “Spring Songs (settings of poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay, Richard Wilbur, Ann Stanford, William Carlos Williams, and Sara Teasdale).”
The performers will include Marnie Breckenridge, Blythe Gaissert, Alok Kumar, Wes Mason, David Neal, and pianists Geoffrey Burleson, and Blair McMillen.