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Vespers interview 4

The last part of my interview with Navona, the record company behind Vespers, from last year’s release of our CD. Part 1 of the interview is here, Part 2 is here, and Part 3 is here. Additional comments as I ponder my answers now, a year after the interview, are in...

Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins

Attracted to Gerard Manley Hopkins since college, I consider him still to be my favorite poet. 1989 was the centenary of his death, and I was asked to provide settings to poems of my choosing for a conference being held at St. Joseph’s University. Jackie sang, and...

Top 10 Classical, City Paper

In the blur of year-end festivities I neglected to post this Philadelphia City Paper trumpeting sooner: #3 in their Top 10 Classical for 2009. They say, Good for Philadelphian Kile Smith for creating a worldwide buzz with this exceptionally beautiful work commissioned...

MusicWeb International Recording of the Month

Vespers, for January 2010: a brilliant new work… fascinating… totally modern, without ever being simplistic Smith was able to take advantage of the fact that, like most other period wind groups, the performers in Piffaro are proficient on a variety of instruments, as...