UTAH CHAMBER ARTISTS
& Artistic Director Barlow Bradford
Poetry & Music
World Premiere of Tarik O'Regan's After Rain
and American Premiere of Raï
Salt Lake City - Utah Chamber Artists and Barlow Bradford are proud to polish off their 2012-2012 season on Monday April 30th with a world premiere by British composer Tarik O'Regan entitled"After Rain". The concert, entitled "Poetry & Music", focuses on the music of O'Regan, whose piece is set to the poetry of World War I poet Edward Thomas, and on three selections called "Night Pieces" by J.A.C. Redford with text by William Wordsworth. Both works are written for choir and orchestra. The concert begins at 7:30 PM at Libby Gardner Concert Hall on the University of Utah campus.
Also on the program is the American premiere of another O?Regan piece called "Raï" (rye). The work is for string quartet, flute, clarinet, harp and percussion. As the composer explains, "[Raï] seeks to highlight the symbiotic nature of Arab dance music today with its influence upon and absorption of non-Arab culture."
Other program selections include The West Wind with music by Robert Cundick and words by poet John Masefield and When Daisies Pied by John Rutter set to the verse of Shakespeare. The choir will conclude the evening with April in Paris, an arrangement by local favorite Bernell Hales.
Tarik O'Regan's composition's full title is After Rain (Petrichor) and was commissioned by Utah Chamber Artists. The 34-year-old composer is traveling to Salt Lake City for the premiere. The 12-minute work is made possible by financial support from the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition (at Brigham Young University); the Dale Warland Singers Commission Award presented by Chorus America and funded by the American Composers Forum. Mr. O'Regan's compositions number over 90. He is the recipient of various prestigious awards. Some of his most recent compositions include "Latent Manifest" premiered at the BBC Proms last year and the critically acclaimed opera "Heart of Darkness." (bio below)
Mr. O'Regan will also give a lecture at 6:00 PM before the concert sponsored by Utah Chamber Artists and The Salty Cricket Composers Collective. The public is invited.
Concert Tickets: Adults $15 Students $10 (the first 20 students with ID to purchase tickets at the Kingtix box office will receive a $5.00 discount
Ticket prices go up on April 24th.
Pre-concert lecture is free
Born in London in 1978, Tarik O'Regan was educated at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. His work has garnered two Grammy® nominations (including Best Classical Album) and two British Composer Awards.
2012 sees the opening of a new ballet, set to his orchestral music, by the Dutch National Ballet and a commission from the Australian Chamber Orchestra, which will be premiered and toured late in the year.
2011 marked the premiere Heart of Darkness, O'Regan's opera based on Joseph Conrad's novel of the same name, at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the release of Acallam Na Senórach¸ his third album on the Harmonia Mundi label.
He has held the Fulbright Chester Schirmer Fellowship at Columbia University and a Radcliffe Institute Fellowship at Harvard. Other appointments in recent years include positions at Trinity and Corpus Christi Colleges in Cambridge, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and Yale University.