Seattle Modern Orchestra: “Sound Me Out”

For its season finale, Seattle Modern Orchestra presents two works for soprano and ensemble by American composer/vocalist and Guggenheim fellow Kate Soper, including a world premiere of a new ensemble version of her 2012 piece, Now is forever: I. Orpheus and Eurydice, with text by Jorie Graham, written specifically for SMO. This work explores a discrete moment in the story of Orpheus and Eurydice when the pair meets, that perceptually expands in time. Door (2007) for soprano, flute, saxophone, electric guitar and accordion with text written by Martha Collins exudes a wide emotional range from buoyant and playful to dark and moody. The finale concert will also include two Seattle premieres from celebrated Italian composer Fausto Romitelli and Austrian composer Georg Friedrich Haas. Romitelli’s Blood on the floor, Painting 1986 (2000), inspired by the Francis Bacon painting of the same name, emphasizes the violence and destructiveness of projecting reality into fiction. Friedrich Haas’s Monodie for 18 instruments weaves the melodic narrative through the fabric of a virtuosic and highly focused ensemble sound, effectively turning the ensemble into a virtual solo instrument.