I wanted to give a little shout out to a friend and fellow DMA student at UW, Sarah Riskind. She recently gave her first of two DMA recitals where she premiered a brand new composition: a cantata built around the OZ books by L. Frank Baum (If you didn't know, there are more books than the one staring Judy Garland). She wrote a four-movement work for choir, soloists, narrator, and string quartet.
It. Was. Amazing!
I tell you this today for two reasons. 1) I didn't have my blog set up at the time of the performance and 2) she just posted audio from her concert including the cantata. I had the privilege of being the narrator for the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th movements - a fun little acting role.
So, if you're reading this, please visit her site and let her know what you think about it.
"And everyone thought is was the wisest speech he had ever made."