The Lafayette Concert Choir and Chamber Singers joined several professional singers and musicians in the world-premiere performance of composer Gabriela Lena Frank’s “Songs of Cifar and the Sweet Sea” April 13 in the Williams Center for the Arts.
Frank, a Grammy-nominated and Latin Grammy-winning composer and pianist, has served a yearlong residency at Lafayette, taking part in an interdisciplinary arts symposium, conducting master classes, workshops, and lectures, and presenting a piano recital in February. Her original composition was commissioned specifically for the College and is inspired by the poetry of Nicaraguan poet Pablo Antonio Cuadra.
In addition to the Lafayette choirs, the concert featured the Concord Chamber Singers, international soloists Andrew Garland and Susanna Eyton-Jones, Grammy award-winning Chiara String Quartet, and concert pianists Molly Morkoski and Holly Roadfeldt. Jennifer Kelly, associate professor of music and director of choral activities, served as conductor and residency coordinator.
The programming is supported in large part by a portion of the grant the College received in 2011 from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to infuse arts throughout the curriculum.