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Maurice Sendak-Inspired Music Work to Premiere Bi-Coastally

Wednesday Mar 19, 2014
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Composer Nathan Hall announced today that his choral composition "I Am in Love with the World" based on beloved author Maurice Sendak’s final interview with Terry Gross from NPR’s "Fresh Air" will premiere bi-coastally in June 2014. The New Wave Singers of Baltimore, MD will perform the premiere under the direction of Adam Koch, followed by a performance by the Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco, CA under the direction of William Sauerland.

Nathan Hall says about his composition, "This work is a tribute to Sendak’s inexhaustible spirit. Sendak could express a world of emotions in just a few words or a simple illustration. He never lost his childlike wonder, even in his last days. I wanted to convey this kind of spirit in my work." Sendak was also a gay man who lived a quiet but open life with his partner of over fifty years, decades before gay rights legislation. "I think he is a role model to many more people than he ever imagined," says Hall.

Nathan Hall is a composer and artist whose works include traditional classical music as well as collaborations with other fields and experimental works based on landscapes. Hall is a recent Fulbright Fellow to Iceland and is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Music Composition at the University of Colorado Boulder. He holds his BA degree from Vassar College and his MM from Carnegie Mellon University. His teachers have included Nancy Galbraith, Richard Wilson, Reza Vali, Carter Pann, and John Drumheller. His works have been performed by groups such as the String Orchestra of Brooklyn, Alia Musica Pittsburgh, the Erie Sax Quartet, a convention of rollercoaster enthusiasts, and choirs from Iceland. His collaborative works have been exhibited around the world, and his music has won numerous awards. Nathan has also been the recipient of several artist residencies.

The Baltimore premiere performance will take place June 7, 2014, and the San Francisco performance will follow on Saturday, June 14.

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