On Saturday, June 4th, 2016, the Boston/New England Emmy Award ceremony at the Westin Copley in Boston honored the oratorio Letter from Italy, 1944, with music by Sarah Meneely-Kyder, winning an award for post-production excellence by Karyl Evans, Producer, and Connecticut Public Television.
The oratorio, with music by Sarah Meneely-Kyder and libretto by Nancy Fitzhugh Meneely, describes the life of their father, a doctor in the 10th MT Division, before, during and following WWII. It was premiered in April 2013 as a work for orchestra and soloists. The documentary film adaptation, Letter From Italy, A New American Oratorio, created by Karyl Evans and narrated by Meryl Streep, premiered on June 14, 2015 on PBS and received two Emmy nominations. In addition to the orchestral score, there are versions of the oratorio's music for Baritone and String Quartet, as well as an aria for Tenor and Piano, offered through American Composers Edition (BMI).
Composer/pianist Sarah Meneely-Kyder (b. 1945) is a graduate of Goucher College, Peabody Conservatory and Yale University. Her composition teachers have included Robert Hall Lewis, Earle Brown