Randall Scarlata

Looking forward to tonight’s concert! Plain Truths—world premiere of the new expanded version—at the Newburyport Chamber Music Festival; one more rehearsal in about an hour, with the chorus, then showtime at 7:00, in a quite nice old wooden auditorium in Newburyport’s City Hall.

Also on the concert are works by Peter Gilbert, 
Melissa Dunphy, 
Andrea Clearfield (heard a rehearsal of hers and it sounds luscious), and a world premiere by cellist/conductor/guitarist Kenneth Woods, Demonstrations for electric guitar and string trio.

Ken is cellist in the quartet, with violinists Angel Valchinov and Heidi Schaul-Yoder, and the Music Director of the Festival, violist David Yang. Daniel Lippel is guitarist on the Gilbert, and Jay Lane conducts the Candlelight Chorale in Clearfield’s and my works.

Randall Scarlata sings Plain Truths. He and the quartet simply brought the house down in two of the seven songs at the discussion/preview last night, held at the Maritime Museum. Wow, was that exciting. Fortunate indeed is the composer who has musicians of this talent and love as advocates.

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