Peter Westergaard - Spring and Fall: To a Young Child (Kate Maroney, voice; Red Wierenga, piano)

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Praised for “vibrant and colorful” singing (The New York Times) and for “beauty of voice, coupled with her artistry and natural ease as a performer, that is always a joy to experience” (Seen and Heard International) mezzo-soprano Kate Maroney’s recent appearances include with the Pacific Symphony, Colorado Bach Ensemble, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, New York City Ballet, Santa Fe Desert Chorale and Symphony, Seraphic Fire, Berkshire Choral Festival, TENET, Carmel Bach Festival, Opera Grand Rapids, New York Baroque Incorporated at Trinity Wall Street, LA Opera, Lincoln Center Festival, Oregon Bach Festival, Musica Sacra, Bach Collegium San Diego, Princeton Pro Musica, Bach Vespers Holy Trinity, Mark Morris Dance Group, Yale Choral Artists, American Opera Projects, Berkshire Bach Society, and Clarion. Kate has premiered works and collaborated closely with Philip Glass (toured the world from 2012—2015 as a soloist in Philip Glass and Robert Wilson’s Einstein on the Beach), John Corigliano, David Lang, Michael Gordon, Martin Bresnick, Julia Wolfe, Missy Mazzoli, Daniel Felsenfeld, Alex Weiser, Hannah Lash, Nina Young, Dominick Argento, Christopher Cerrone, Ted Hearne, and Scott Wheeler. She is featured on Grammy-nominated recordings with Albany, Naxos, and New Amsterdam Records, and recently recorded works of John Eaton in collaboration with the American Composers Alliance and the John Eaton Estate. She holds a D.M.A. from Eastman, degrees SUNY Purchase and Yale, teaches voice pedagogy at Mannes, and resides in Brooklyn with musician-husband Red Wierenga and new son, Ossian.

Red Wierenga is a pianist, accordionist, respectronicist, improviser, and composer based in New York City. His longest creative association is with the Respect Sextet, called “a group which has released one of the most compelling recordings of the year” by the Wall Street Journal, and “one of the best and most ambitious new ensembles in jazz” by Signal To Noise. He has performed and/or recorded with artists including The Claudia Quintet, Ensemble Signal, Bang on a Can Opera, the Fireworks Ensemble, and David Crowell. Wierenga builds and performs with new interfaces for electroacoustic improvisation, working with analog and digital synthesizers. He received his bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music, studying with Harold Danko, Ralph Alessi, and Kevin Puts. After having studied at the Institute of Sonology in The Hague with Joel Ryan and Paul Berg, he received his Ph.D. from CUNY Graduate Center, where he was an Enhanced Chancellor’s Fellow and where his teachers included Jason Eckardt, Douglas Geers, and David Grubbs He has taught at Baruch College and currently teaches at the Brooklyn College Center for Computer Music and works for the music technology company ROLI.

 

 

Peter Westergaard was the William Shubael Conant Professor of Music, Emeritus, at Princeton University. A composer and music theorist, he was a student of Milton Babbitt. He has composed numerous operas from Charivari (1953) to Alice and Wonderland (2006). He is also the author of "An Introduction to Tonal Theory (W.W. Norton, 1975). Amongst former pupils of Babbitt, Westergaard stands out for his contributions to serial theory, as well as for his compositions, which are characterized by a delight in symmetry and mirror relationships, together with a concern for the systematic and integrated use of all the parameters of music, producing multileveled, clear, beautiful, and audible patterns (Paul Griffiths, Modern Music, 1981). Westergaard was born in 1931 in Champaign, Illinois. He pursued undergraduate studies at Harvard University, graduating in 1953, and in 1956 obtained an M.F.A. degree from Princeton University. He studied with Roger Sessions, Walter Piston, Darius Milhaud, Edward Cone, Milton Babbitt and Wolfgang Fortner in Freiburg.  He passed away June, 2019 in New Jersey.

 

 

Spring and Fall: To a Young Child - Peter Westergaard
Recorded at home in Rochester, NY, July 2020
Kate Maroney, voice
Red Wierenga, piano
Mastered by Robert Scott Thompson, Aucourant Records.
Property of Shelter Recording Project, American Composers Alliance.