“Katrina Ballads” From New Amsterdam on 8.31.10

Katrina Ballads From New Amsterdam on 8.31.10
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New Amsterdam tells us, “To mark the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, on August 31st Ted Hearne’s Katrina Ballads will be officially re-issued on CD. Previously available only as a digital release, Katrina Ballads is a 70-minute cycle of ten songs with two instrumental interludes, scored for five singers (including Hearne) and an ensemble of eleven musicians. Its texts are drawn entirely from words spoken during the week following the hurricane – by politicians and celebrities, survivors and relief workers.

“Katrina Ballads made its debut at the 2007 Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleson, South Carolina, with subsequent performances in Chicago, New York, and New Haven. The work earned Hearne the prestigious 2009 International Gaudeamus Prize for composition and an ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award. The same year, excerpts from Katrina Ballads were performed in concert as part of New York City Opera’s annual VOX showcase.

“Performances of the cycle will take place at Le Poisson Rouge in New York on Tuesday, Aug. 24 (7:30 pm) and in Houston at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, August 28 (8 pm), the latter presented by the Foundation for Modern Music.”