WE RETELL LEGENDS: New music, classic stories for Soprano & Viola
Wednesday, February 22, 2023, 7pm-8:30pm
An Die Musik LIVE! 409 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201
$20 in-person; $15 livestream
Additional Information: Masks required, venue is not wheelchair accessible
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Composer Peter Dayton celebrates his 33rd birthday with “WE RETELL LEGENDS: New Music, Classic Stories” at An Die Musik LIVE! (409 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD, 21201) on Wednesday, February 22, 2023 at 7pm. The program presents several of the best-known works of literature and legend and in the form of song: The Weird Sisters’s scene from Macbeth (composed by Allison Bauld), Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s beloved “How Do I Love Thee?”, Homer’s Iliad (also transformed through poet Christian Bök’s idiosyncratic retelling). The concert will also feature the world premiere of Christopher Lowry’s solo viola piece “from a social distance”, the beginning of legend-making of the historic events of our own lifetime. Seating is limited to 65 people; masking is required; the venue is not wheelchair accessible. The concert is also accessible through ticketed livestream.

Performing in the concert are soprano Katie Procell and composer/violist Christopher Lowry.  “Fearless, versatile young soprano” Katie Procell (Opera News) is a singer of operatic and new music based in the Baltimore area. In 2022, she appeared in her debut recording, “Stories Out of Cherry Stems: Katie Procell sings works by Peter Dayton” (Navona Records). She also works closely with composer Garth Baxter and premiered the title role in the film premiere of his opera “Lily” in conjunction with Fraimework Productions. A two-time prizewinner in the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, Grand Prize winner in the Lewisville Lake Symphony International String Competition, and winner of Cuarteto Jose White’s “Nuestra America” Composition Award, Dr. Christopher Lowry is emerging as one of the leading violists and composers of his generation.  In September 2022, Dr. Lowry joined the Alabama Symphony Orchestra as their new principal violist after serving three years as principal viola with the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra and nearly a decade as principal viola for both the Baton Rouge and Acadiana Symphony Orchestras. As a composer, Dr. Lowry’s music has been performed in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Hall, the Kennedy Center, Chicago Symphony Hall, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, and the Ryman Auditorium. Lowry’s self-engineered and -produced debut solo CD, Milestones: New Music for Viola from the Third Millennium, released April 2021 on Centaur Records. Lowry holds both doctorate and masters degrees from Louisiana State University, and a bachelors degree from Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music.

Concert Program:
Allison Bauld (b. 1944) – The Witches Song (1990), for solo soprano

Christopher Lowry (b. 1988) – from a social distance* (2023), for solo viola
Dinos Constantinides (1929-2021) – Reflections II (1982), for soprano & viola
Peter Dayton (b. 1990) – Temptress Helen: Greek Legend Verse Excerpts* (2022), for soprano & viola
*world premiere performance
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