Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Clayton State Music Department to Present Orpheus and Euridice September 30 in Spivey Hall

The Clayton State University Music Department will feature a presentation of American composer Ricky Ian Gordon’s song cycle Orpheus and Euridice, on Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the University’s world-famous Spivey Hall. The concert will take approximately 70 minutes with intermission.

Performers for Orpheus and Euridice will include Assistant Professor of Voice Dr. Gina Harvey, soprano, and staff accompanist Alexander Benford, piano. Joining Clayton State’s Harvey and Benford will be, from Boulder, Co., guest artist Kristen Denny on clarinet. This performance is free and open to the public.

Gordon’s work puts a new spin on the traditional myth of Orpheus and Euridice, even to the point of giving Orpheus a reed instrument instead of a lute. Orpheus and Euridice was commissioned by clarinetist Todd Palmer, who thought it would be effective to have a piece for clarinet, voice and piano. The first performance was given in October 2001 at Cooper Union as part of the Cooper Arts Series. In October 2005, a fully choreographed version of Orpheus and Euridice premiered at Lincoln Center with an entire dance troupe.

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
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