With a new work commissioned by the Library of Congress, composer and Sarah Lawrence College music program director Chester Biscardi takes his place next to some of the most important composers in the world. Commissioned in 2007, Sailors & Dreamers will be performed in dress rehearsal on Sunday, September 18, at 3 p.m. in Reisinger Concert Hall, one day prior to its premiere at Merkin Concert Hall in New York City. The performance is free and open to the public. For more information, please call (914) 395 2412.
Scored for voice and large chamber ensemble, Sailors & Dreamers was written for Sequitur, a New York ensemble focusing on multi-disciplinary works and contemporary concert pieces.
Sarah Lawrence Theatre faculty member and artist Shirley Kaplan wrote the lyrics.
Biscardi's music has been featured at festivals in China, the Netherlands, Russia, Japan, Thailand, and Brazil, and his many honors include the Rome Prize; an Academy Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters; fellowships from the Guggenheim, Bogliasco, Djerassi, Japan, and Rockefeller foundations; the Aaron Copland Award; and a Fromm Foundation grant.
The Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress, which has been in existence for nearly 70 years, has aided the birth of significant works by many of the world's most important composers. Included among its commissions are: John Adams' Eros Pian; Samuel Barber's Prayers of Kirkegaard; Bela Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra; Leonard Bernstein's Serenade; Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes; John Cage's Cheap Imitation; Aaron Copland's Symphony no. 3; Olivier Messaien's Turangalila-Symphonie; Francis Poulenc's Gloria; Steve Reich's Three Movements for Orchestra; Arnold Schoenberg's Survivor from Warsaw; William Schuman's Symphony no. 7; Roger Sessions' Symphony no. 3; Igor Stravinsky's Ode.