Lawrence Dillon’s Seven Stories for soprano and eight instruments will be given its World Premiere by Le Train Bleu, conducted by Ransom Wilson on Wednesday, February 6th – 7:00 PM at Drom, 85 Avenue A (between 5th and 6th St.) in New York City. This will be part of Le Train Bleu's Toy Stories concert (now rescheduled from the original date).
Seven Stories was composed to an original text. The composer writes, “A stuffed animal falls from an apartment window. As it falls, it looks into each passing window, trying to create a story out of what it sees.” The new work will be sung by soprano Mellissa Hughes.
Toy Stories explores mankind's endless variety of play and playthings. The concert will also include Thomas Ades Living Toys, a journey through the fantasies of a child, for 14 instruments, Matt Marks’ Sex Objects, a set of three songs about unique characters and their intimate relationships with inanimate objects, with vocal performances by Mellissa Hughes, Matt Marks, and Jeff Gavett and the World Premiere of Eric Nathan’s Toying, a virtuoso exploration of the full range of possible sounds and techniques produced by the trumpet, played by Le Train Bleu’s Hugo Moreno.
Tickets for the February 6 event are $20, and are available at http://www.ticketfly.com/event/205653. For more information, call
212-777-1157 or visit http://www.dromnyc.com/.
Le Train Bleu is a musical collective formed by conductor and flutist Ransom Wilson. The musicians are among the most exciting young players in New York, and are chosen for their brilliance as well as their expressive qualities. Recently named a resident ensemble of the Galapagos Art Space, the ensemble continues plans to present performances of new and interesting music. The New York Times said of their debut performance: “Under Mr. Wilson’s baton, the Train Bleu ensemble was both incisive and joyous in execution.” In the 2011-12 season, the ensemble presented a 4-concert series at the Galapagos Art Space, as well as collaborating with the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company in a 2-week season at the Baryshnikov Arts Center. They also participated in a 15-month creative residency at the Park Avenue Armory, along with soprano Lauren Flanigan. Visit them at http://letrainbleu.org/.
Lawrence Dillon is Composer in Residence at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and has had recent commissions and performances by the Emerson String Quartet, the Mansfield (OH) Symphony, the Boise Philharmonic, the Salt Lake City Symphony, the Daedalus String Quartet, the University of Utah Philharmonia and the Idyllwild (CA) Symphony Orchestra. He has won awards from ASCAP, the Juilliard School, the Ravinia Festival, the International Horn Society, the American Music Center, CRS and many other organizations. Recent CDs have been issued by the Naxos and Bridge labels. Visit his website at http://www.lawrencedillon.com/.