Jeremy Gill’s ‘Whitman Portrait’ To Have It’s New York Premiere In April

By Nicole Kuchta

Chris Grymes’ Open G Performance Series will present “Jeremy Gill, Composer Portrait” at Brooklyn’s National Sawdust on Apr. 7, 2019.

The concert will celebrate the bicentennial of the great American poet Walt Whitman with music inspired by his words. “Whitman Portrait” (2014) will feature sopranos Deborah Lifton and Kristin Sampson, mezzo-soprano Rachel Calloway, tenor Dominic Armstrong, baritone Jorell Williams, bass-baritone Matthew Burns, and Gill himself at the piano in a collection of six songs which demonstrate Whitman’s “breadth of vision and all-inclusivity,” according to the press release.

The all-Gill program is also set to include the world premiere of “Lascia fare mi” (2018), inspired by the film “Last Tango in Paris” and featuring violinists Mandy Wolman and Beverly Shin; the New York premiere of Duo for Violin and Piano (2015), featuring violinist Jesse Mills and pianist Rieko Aizawa; and “Six Pensées de Pascal” (2017), Gill’s setting of text by 17th century French mathematician Blaise Pascal featuring the Philadelphia-based vocal ensemble Variant 6.