Richard D. Russell Awarded a Commission by Fordham University’s “Poets Out Loud”

Founded in 1992, Ford­ham University’s Poets Out Loud is charged with the mis­sion “…to bring a pub­lic audi­ence to Fordham‚Äôs Lin­coln Cen­ter cam­pus and to fos­ter the appre­ci­a­tion, cre­ation, and study of poetry both within the Uni­ver­sity and in the wider NYC community.”

In Fall 2009, Poets Out Loud put out a call for scores for com­posers inter­ested in col­lab­o­rat­ing with the poets of their orga­ni­za­tion. I am delighted to announce that I was awarded a com­mis­sion for this project, and I was paired with poet Elis­a­beth Frost. I selected three of her poems and com­posed a cycle called “Time is Not an Option.”

The pre­miere will be Sat­ur­day, April 24 at 7:30pm at Ford­ham University’s Lin­coln Cen­ter Cam­pus, Colum­bus Avenue at 60 Street, in the 12th Floor Lounge. The con­cert is free and open to the public.

The per­form­ers will be sopra­nos Clarissa Lyons and Ilana Zarankin, with Shun-Yang Lee on piano. Other com­posers on the bill include Mar­tin Hen­nessy, Alexan­der Nohai-Seaman, Lawrence Kramer, and Mary Ann Joyce-Walter. In addi­tion to my col­lab­o­ra­tor, Elis­a­beth Frost, other fea­tured poets are Heather Dubrow, Edward Hirsch, Janet Kaplan, and D. Nurkse.

About Richard D. Russell

This was written by Richard D. Russell, New York City based composer of fine music.