Craigslist, Dora Malech, Emily Dickinson Inspire Works for Soprano Mellissa Hughes and Pianist Timothy Andres; Concert April 13

March 15, 2012
Contact: Sara R. Leonard
Manager of Concert Programming, Production and Publicity

AMHERST, Mass. — The Amherst College Department of Music presents a concert of new and recent works by Joseph E. and Grace W. Valentine Lecturer in Music Jacob Cooper ’02, Gabriel Kahane, Timothy Andres and current Amherst College students on Friday, April 13 at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. The concert is free and open to the public; seating is by general admission.

 The concert features three works by Cooper whose bold compositions and multimedia works have garnered recognition throughout North America and Europe. Clifton Gates is composed for piano with laptop processing, Silver Threads is written for voice with an electronic track. Cooper’s new, as yet untitled, work for voice and electronic track will premiere at the event and uses text by celebrate young poet Dora Malech. Other works include selections from Kahane’s 2006 Craigslistlieder, which sets text from Craigslist for voice and piano, and Andres’ Family Plays for voice and piano.

The concert also features works by Amherst College students Jesse Fried ’12, Will Savino ’14, Peter Smith ’14, Joseph Taff ’13 and Tom Vu ’13, which use text from Emily Dickinson’s poetry as their inspiration.

Brooklyn-based performers Mellissa Hughes, soprano, and Timothy Andres, piano will perform all of the works. Hughes, hailed as a “magnetic presence” by The New York Times and a “postclassical siren” by Time Out New York, enjoys a busy career in both contemporary and early music. She dedicates much of her time to interpreting works by living composers and enjoys collaborative partnerships with several of the U.S.’s rising stars. Andres, an avid pianist as well as a composer, also focuses on music by his contemporaries. The Boston Globe writes, “New music cannot be intimidating when played with this degree of skill and zest.”

For more information about the concert contact Sara R. Leonard, Manager of Concert Programming, Production and Publicity, in the Department of Music at 413/542-2195 or

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