The Villge Trip present ensemble Cygnus, with the first performance of Carman Moore’s
“Swans Across the Milky Way” begins with evocations for places far, far away and zooms in toward our planet Earth, leading us to a respectful, planetary perspective. The following descriptive markings appear in this order through the score. Try to hear them.
Astroid Belt - Stars - Jupiter
Primal Dust - The Sun - Many Moons - Cygnus-X1 (Black Hole)
Fireworks Galaxy - Planet Earth - Deneb Galaxy
The work was commissioned by the Roger Shapiro Fund for ensemble Cygnus.
With works by Allison Logins-Hull and Ricardo Zohn Muldoon, featuring soprano Leah Brzyski
Monday, September 12
at St. John’s in the Village
St John’s in the Village
218 West 11th Street
New York, NY 10014
CARMAN MOORE is a composer with performances by the N.Y. Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center among his many credits. He served as the first new music critic for New York’s renowned Village Voice in the 1960s and ’70s. Mr. Moore created the libretto for Alvin Singleton’s music drama TRUTH. He has created libretti for 3 Bre’r Rabbit-themed operas by Nkeiru Okoye. Moore was a founder of The Society of Black Composers. He has composed such works as WILDFIRES AND FIELD SONGS ( N.Y. Philh), GOSPEL FUSE (S.F. Symphony), MADIBA—honoring Nelson Mandela—-(the American Composers Orchestra), and MASS FOR THE 21st CENTURY, commissioned by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. In 2010 his CONCERTO FOR ORNETTE was premiered by the New Juilliard Ensemble orchestra. He has taught at Yale University, Queens and Brooklyn Colleges, New School University, and Carnegie-Mellon University. His operatic works GIRL OF DIAMOND MOUNTAIN (2021) and EMBRACING THE ROOT (in-progress) he has created with Danish singer/playwright Lotte Arnsbjerg.
Carman Moore was chosen Guggenheim Fellow in 2013 and Composers Now Visionary Composer of 2020.