Time is Not an Option” premieres at Fordham University, April 24, 2010

My new piece, “Time is Not an Option” pre­miered last Sat­ur­day, April 24, at Ford­ham University’s Lin­coln Cen­ter cam­pus. This piece was com­mis­sioned by the Poets Out Loud fac­ulty of Ford­ham. Unfor­tu­nately, the Ford­ham poet I was paired with, Elis­a­beth Frost, was unable to attend as she is in Europe on a Ful­bright schol­ar­ship. Fordham’s poet-in-residence, Janet E. Kaplan, dep­u­tized in the read­ing of Frost’s poems. The esteemed musi­col­o­gist, Lawrence Kramer, ref­er­eed the award­ing of com­mis­sions, and was the evening’s emcee. As well, he offered up some of his own music and poetry.

The musi­cians came by way of Bard Col­lege in upstate New York. Soprano Ilana Zarankin sang many of the other songs this evening, and soprano Clarissa Lyons per­formed my par­tic­u­lar cycle. Shun-Yang Lee was the evening’s accompanist.

Other com­posers on the evening included Mar­tin Hen­nesey, Mary Anne Joyce-Walter, and Alexan­der Nohai-Seaman. The poems set to music were writ­ten by Edward Hirsch, D. Nurske, Janet Kaplan, and Heather Dubrow.

It was a great con­cert, so I’m post­ing a lot of pics here, Click image for a larger size.

Clarissa Lyons

Shun Yang, piano; Clarissa Lyons

Lawrence Kramer

Clarissa Lyons, Shun Yang, Richard Russell

Ilana Zarankin, Clarissa Lyons, Richard Russell

Janet Kaplan, Lawrence Kramer, Richard Russell

About Richard D. Russell

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