The 21st Century Consort opens new season with Emerson Songs by David Froom, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum
"The 21st Century Consort is a crack group of instrumental and vocal forces committed to bringing contemporary music to the public. Saturday's gripping performance at the Hirshhorn Museum was no exception." (Cecilia Porter, November 2005)
The 21st Century Consort, new music ensemble-in-residence at the Smithsonian Institution for 3 decades, embarks on its fifth season at the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium. Led by artistic director Christopher Kendall and featuring some of Washington's finest chamber musicians, including Sara Stern, Paul Cigan, Abigail Evans, Lisa Emenheiser, Elisabeth Adkins, Rachel Young, and Rick Barber, along with acclaimed guest vocalists Lucy Shelton and William Sharp and others, the Consort presents the riveting and resonant music of our time.
All concerts are at 5:00, preceded by a 4:00 discussion with composers and performers, and followed by a post-concert reception. .
Saturday November 5, 2011 <http://www.21stcenturyconsort.com/index.php/in_season> The Great American . . . Walt Whitman and Ralph Waldo Emerson were the voices of 19th century American transformation. Their poetry and period are points of departure for these compositions of our own time.
(EXHIBITION: THE GREAT AMERICAN HALL OF WONDERS) David Froom - Emerson Songs <http://composers.com/composition/emerson-songs> for soprano and chamber ensemble Other works include: John Harbison Songs America Loves to Sing; William Brehm, Mario Davidovsky, Joan Tower, Richard Markowitz - A Whitman Sampler; Miguel Del Aguila - Clocks.
David Froom was born in California in 1951. His music has been performed extensively throughout the United States by major orchestras, ensembles, and soloists, including, among many others, the Louisville, Seattle, Utah, and Chesapeake Symphony Orchestras, The United States Marine and Navy Bands, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Twentieth Century Consort, the New York New Music Ensemble, violinist Curtis Macomber, and saxophonist Kenneth Tse; he also has had performances in England, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Holland, Cyprus, China, and Australia. His music is available on CD on the Bridge, New Dimensions, Delos, Arabesque, Capriccio, Centaur, Sonora, Crystal, Opus 3, and West Point Academy labels. His music is published by American Composers Edition (the imprint of the American Composers Alliance).
Among the many organizations that have bestowed honors on him are the American Academy of Arts and Letters (Academy Award, Ives Scholarship), the Guggenheim, Fromm, Koussevitzky, and Barlow Foundations, the Kennedy Center (first prize in the Friedheim Awards), the National Endowment for the Arts, The Music Teachers National Association (MTNA-Shepherd Distinguished Composer for 2006), and the state of Maryland (four Individual Artist Awards). His biography is included in Groves. He had a Fulbright grant for study at Cambridge University, and fellowships to the Tanglewood Music Festival, the Wellesley Composers Conference, and the MacDowell Colony. He has taught at the University of Utah, the Peabody Conservatory, and, since 1989, St. Mary's College of Maryland, where he is professor and chair of the music department. Mr. Froom was educated at the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Southern California, and Columbia University. His main composition teachers were Chou Wen-chung, Mario Davidovsky, Alexander Goehr, and William Kraft.