Riverside Choral Society to Premiere Scott Ordway’s ‘The End of Rain’

By Francisco Salazar

The Riverside Choral Society, led by director Patrick Gardner, is set to present the New York premiere of Scott Ordway’s “The End of Rain.”

The concert will be held on April 25, 2024, at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall with the program’s ultimate message centering on hope and renewal for the planet.

The evening will also include Alberto Grau’s Kasar “Mie La Gaji” (“The Earth is Tired”) and an encore performance of John Luther Adams’s “Night Peace.”

Soloists will include baritone Harrison Hintzsche, mezzo-soprano Sylvia Leith, soprano Erin Schwab, and soprano Sonja Tengblad.

Regarding his new piece, Ordway said that the work is about “wildfire, but it’s also a work about the California that you don’t see in the news: a place of farms and forests, ranches and orchards, endless landscapes, and small towns.”

Conductor and director Patrick Gardner describes the program as “works that honor the natural world.”