Christ Church alumnus Eugene Birman's composition to be premiered at Bard Music West

Eugene BirmanChrist Church alumnus Eugene Birman (2012)’s composition will be premiered at the final event in the Bard Music West Festival 2018. Eugene was awarded a DPhil from Christ Church under the generous support of the Stone-Mallabar Foundation and the American Friends of Christ Church.

Bard Music West is a new generation of the Bard Music Festival. Founded in 1990, the festival presents a series of thematic programmes that explore the music, life, and times of a featured 20th-century or contemporary composer. Performances, informal talks, special events, and a book of essays, all designed to appeal to a broad audience, serve to place the work of the composer in its historical, cultural, and social context. The Festival is committed to bringing to life rarely heard works, investigating the influences of popular and folk music on classical compositions, and broadening and diversifying the audience for classical music.

Following its critically acclaimed first season in 2017, this year the festival returns with a focus on composer Henry Cowell, including three performances, a talk, and composer/choreographer interviews.

Eugene’s work will be performed in the final concert of the festival – Henry Cowell: Inventor. It will feature this year’s commissioning project, The Sound of Your Solitude and Mine, an experimental collaboration between composer Eugene and choreographer and San Francisco Ballet soloist James Sofranko, inspired by Martha Graham’s legendary collaboration and written for SFDanceworks and Third Sound, a chamber ensemble from New York. The award-winning Telegraph Quartet ends the programme with Cowell’s moving United Quartet.

The performance will take place on Saturday 7th April at 8pm, at Noe Valley Ministry in San Francisco. Eugene has offered to provide tickets to those alumni who are interested in attending the concert. Alumni can contact for details.

Following on from the performance at Bard Music West, Eugene will also have a premiere at the Royal Festival Hall with the Philharmonia Orchestra on 7th June in ‘Music of Today: Composers’ Academy’ as part of the Music of Today series. The piece being performed in the concert is dedicated to Eugene’s friend and fellow member of Christ Church, Jonathan Stone. The culminating concert of the Philharmonia Orchestra’s Composers’ Academy will present world premieres from three emerging composers, conducted by Anna-Maria Helsing. Tickets to the event are free. More information is available here.

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