Sofia Dimitrova performs “Time is Not an Option”

Sofia Dim­itrova accom­pa­nied by Cather­ine Miller

Sofia Dim­itrova per­formed “Time is Not an Option” as part of the New York Com­posers Circle’s Out­reach Pro­gram last Octo­ber 21 at Stuyvesant High School. Sofia was accom­pa­nied by pianist Cather­one Miller, and they also per­formed Paul Moravec’s “The Rose and the Nightin­gale,” Kevin McCarter’s “3 Songs,” and Menotti’s “Monica’s Waltz.”

I was asked some very inter­est­ing ques­tions: (1) Do I con­sider my music har­monic or atonal? (2) Can you give some exam­ples of how com­posers draw upon dif­fer­ent influ­ences today? (3) What’s the hard­est part about being a com­poser of clas­si­cal music in these times?

That last ques­tion was par­tic­u­larly apt, since my answer was about find­ing audi­ences for new con­tem­po­rary music, which was the very rea­son this out­reach con­cert hap­pened. Here are some pics, and I hope to post video soon.

About Richard D. Russell

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