Composer Robert Sirota announces his schedule for Sirota @ 70, a celebration throughout the 2019-2020 concert season featuring residencies, performances, and premieres in honor of his 70th birthday. Sirota’s distinctive voice is clearly discernible in all of his work—whether symphonic, choral, stage, or chamber music—or even in his arrangements for Paul Simon’s recent farewell tour, with the chamber ensemble yMusic. Writing in the Portland Press Herald, Allan Kozinn asserts: “Sirota’s musical language is personal and undogmatic, in the sense that instead of aligning himself with any of the competing contemporary styles, he follows his own internal musical compass.”
On Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 2pm – Sirota’s actual 70th birthday – an all-Sirota concert is presented by Kaufman Music Center at Merkin Hall (129 West 67th Street). This performance includes the New York premiere of Luminous Bodies (performed by yMusic with pianist Timo Andres) and other works featuring violist Jonah Sirota, organist Victoria Sirota, percussionist Chris Thompson, and pianists Molly Morkoski and Robert Sirota. This is the first all-Sirota performance since he stepped down as President of the Manhattan School of Music in 2012.
Commissions for Sirota @ 70 include Job Fragments for baritone Thomas Pellaton, with text adapted by Victoria Sirota from the Book of Job; Blackbird Singing for flute, cello, and piano for flutist Linda Chesis and the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival; Dancing With the Angels for flute, viola, and harp, for Carol Wincenc; and Contrapassos with libretto by Stevan Cavalier for the Telegraph Quartet and soprano Abigail Fischer, by the Sierra Chamber Society. This season also features brief residencies at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory (Singapore) and University of California, Los Angeles.