MEMETERIA by Thomas May

Music & the Arts

A Gorgeous Chamber Music Première in Seattle

In memoriam Steven Stucky (1949-2016), whose passing was announced today.

MEMETERIA by Thomas May

Steven Stucky; photo (c) 2005 Hoebermann Studio Steven Stucky; photo
(c) 2005 Hoebermann Studio

Along with its mix of well-known and unusual repertoire, the Seattle Chamber Music Society annually commissions a brand-new work for its Summer Festival. Monday evening’s programme unveiled the selection for 2015: Cantus by the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steven Stucky, who has gained prominence primarily as an instrumental and choral composer. (His first opera – a brilliantly witty yet at the same time touching one-act buffa to Jeremy Denk’s libretto improbably “dramatising” Charles Rosen’s The Classical Style – will receive its full stage première next week at the Aspen Festival.)

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