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.