COMPOSER IN RESIDENCE • Lyric Fest | COMPOSER IN RESIDENCE • Helena Symphony | COMPOSER IN RESIDENCE • Church of the Holy Trinity, Philadelphia | HOST • Now Is the Time | CO-HOST • Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection | CONTRIBUTING EDITOR • Broad Street Review | CLASSICAL HOST • WRTI-FM | CONTACT kile at kilesmith dot com Kile on Facebook | More…



KILE SMITH′s music is hailed by critics, performers, and audiences for its beauty, emotional power, direct appeal, and strong voice. More…

KileSittingBenchAboutCURRENT COMMISSIONS • The Consolation of Apollo, The Crossing | concert overture Gold and Silver, cello concerto And Seeing the Multitudes, Helena Symphony | song cycle In This Blue Room, other works, Lyric Fest | May Day, The Crossing and Jenks Elementary School |O Antiphon project, Choral Arts Society

RECENT PROJECTS • Aestas Consort | Association of Anglican Musicians | Northwestern University | Cathedral Church of St. Paul (Boston) | Church of the Holy Trinity (Philadelphia) | The Crossing | Lyric Fest | Mélomanie | organist Alan Morrison | Newburyport Chamber Music Festival | Orchestra 2001 | Pennsylvania Girlchoir | Philadelphia Brass | Philadelphia Sinfonia | Piffaro | Saint Mark’s Church (Philadelphia) | baritone Randall Scarlata | Ursinus College | anthems, hymns, service music for numerous churches

UPCOMING CONCERTS • The Crossing | Helena Symphony | Lyric Fest | Northwestern University | Piffaro | Seraphic Fire | more performances of Vespers


IN THIS BLUE ROOM • STRIKES A NEW NOTE… pulled a large rabbit out of the hat: The last thing I expected was a jazz-hybrid idiom — Philadelphia Inquirer | His work can evoke torch songs and jazz without actually being either… a spectrum of moods and STYLES THAT ARE UNIQUELY HIS — Broad Street Review

THE CONSOLATION OF APOLLO • dauntingly high-concept… clear vision and sure purpose without losing any of its otherworldliness… consistently high-level… THIS PIECE HAS A FUTURE — Philadelphia Inquirer | THEATRICAL… LYRICAL, even at its most dramatic and dissonant… the sound of truly coming to earth from outer space — Chestnut Hill Local

VESPERS • SPECTACULAR… profoundly contemporary… ecstatic… sparkling beauty — Gramophone | I’ll say it outright: A MASTERPIECE OF THE DEEPEST KIND… seldom do I come across a piece with such profoundly direct emotional appeal… easily one of the best releases of the year of any type… A CRIME TO PASS UP… 5 Stars — Audiophile Audition | MAGNIFICENT ACHIEVEMENT… ethereally beautiful… a composer of stealthy excellence… fresh, vibrant… a singular voice — Fanfare | MAJOR NEW WORK — American Record Guide | BREAKTHROUGH… so ambitious and singular… ecstatically beautiful… direct and uncalculated… breathtaking — Philadelphia Inquirer | RECORDING OF THE MONTH… brilliant — Musicweb International | ALMOST PRETERNATURALLY BEAUTIFULseeps into the consciousness with gentle stealth and power… disarming any resistance… MAGICAL… worldwide buzz… DON’T MISS THIS — Philadelphia City Paper | ALTOGETHER GORGEOUS and haunting… deserves to be mentioned along with Rachmaninoff’s “Vespers” — Buffalo News

THE WAKING SUN • an intensely charged sweet spot… A HIT — Philadelphia Inquirer

WHERE FLAMES A WORD • completely right in SPELLBINDING ways I never imagined… important world premiere — Philadelphia Inquirer
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