Last night marked an important moment in my life and career, as my oratorio, Such Beautiful Things, was brought into the world through a stunning premiere performance by Vince Peterson’s Choral Chameleon in New York City. Joined by Choral Chameleon was Christina Borgioli (soprano), Colleen Coussinat (mezzo-soprano), Kannan Vasudevan (tenor), Christopher DeVage (baritone), and Brad Whiteley & Jason Wirth (pianists).
The house was fuller than expected, and extra rows of chairs were added just minutes ahead of the performance to accommodate the large crowd. At the end of the performance, the audience burst into applause, and immediately rose to their feet in a standing ovation.
The performers certainly deserved the accolades. The choir fully embodied the dramatic nature of their role(s), and communicated each and every note, gesture, and sentiment masterfully. The soloists blew away the audience with their gorgeous sound and range of expression. The pianists were hard at work for the entire duration of the hour-long piece, and did it with jaw-dropping artistry and technical facility.
None of this would have been possible without Vince Peterson, whose remarkable artistic vision served as the impetus for the project. Nor would the piece have been so successful were it not for Tony Asaro, whose masterpiece-of-a-libretto inspired every note of the oratorio. His gift of prose and theatrical intuition is nothing short of genius.
A million thanks to the fantastic audience for being a part of last night’s premiere, and for the openness and enthusiasm with which the piece was received. I would also like to thank Choral Chameleon’s board, donors, and patrons for all of the time, energy, and resources they’ve invested in the group, and for making all of this happen.
I am utterly and eternally grateful for the work of each and every artist involved in the performance. From the bottom of my heart, thank you Choral Chameleon, Vince, Tony, Christina, Colleen, Kannan, Christopher, Brad, and Jason!
If inside your open ear,
There’s an open heart and mind there,
Then you will clearly hear
Such beautiful things.
(from the very last lines of Such Beautiful Things)