Four World Premieres by Robert Sirota
Four new works by Robert Sirota are being premiered in November, December, and January: Tree of Life commissioned by Palladium Musicum, Inc., Epimetheus commissioned by new music ensemble yMusic, Prelude and Spiritual for Mother Emanuel to be premiered at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine's New Year's Eve Concert for Peace, and a new work for organ to be premiered by Heinrich Christensen.
Tree of Life for mixed chorus and string quartet was premiered for a full house at St. Bede's Chapel on the campus of Carmel Academy in Greenwich, CT by The Yale Camerata Chamber Chorus. The piece, with libretto by Robert's wife Victoria, was commissioned by Palladium Musicum, Inc. in honor of Saint Paul's Within the Walls in Rome, Italy, which the Robert and Victoria visited last winter.
Epimetheus was commissioned by new music ensemble yMusic and will receive its premiere in a concert presented by New York Live Arts Friday, November 20, 2015 at 8pm. yMusic, co-founded by Robert's daughter Nadia Sirota, has earned a reputation as being on the "forefront of a rapidly changing performance culture" (The New York Times) and was hailed by NPR's Fred Child as "one of the groups that has really helped to shape the future of classical music."
Prelude and Spiritual for Mother Emanuel, also with text by Victoria and music by Robert, is written in memory of the victims of the June 17, 2015 shootings at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. The work, written for chorus, soprano soloist, string orchestra, and piano, will be premiered at the New Year's Eve Concert for Peace on December 31, 2015 at 7pm at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine.
Chorale Variations on Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten, Sirota's new work for organ, will receive its world premiere in a recital by organist Heinrich Christensen on Friday, January 29, 2016 at 8pm at St. Cecilia's Parish in Boston. In a review of Heinrich Christensen's last premiere performance of a Sirota work, Apparitions for organ and string quartet in February 2014, the Boston Musical Intelligencer described Christensen's playing as "stellar" and "topnotch," and called Sirota's piece "a great listen and a welcome addition to the repertory for organ and instruments."