MUSE to premiere new works by Abbie Betinis & Elizabeth Alexander

MUSE, Cincinnati’s Women’s Choir will premiere newly-commissioned pieces by Abbie Betinis and Elizabeth Alexander on their 30th Anniversary concerts June 8th & 9th, 2013. The concerts are the final performances under founding Artistic Director Catherine Roma before her retirement.

Of In Your Hands, Roma says Abbie Betinis has "created a composition quintessentially MUSE." Scored for narrator, women's choir, vibraphone and piano, Betinis' piece is a portrait of Eleanor Roosevelt's unbridled commitment to the whole human family through her work on the Declaration of Human Rights.

To premiere on the same concert, Elizabeth Alexander has composed You Were Meant for This with text by New York poet Teresa Schreiber Werth. Repeated ostinato figures propel the music forward to what Roma calls "an ecstatic release." Pulsing with rhythm and breath, Alexander's piece uses canonical vocal lines to suggest the cycle of life.

Each composer visited the chorus to workshop their new piece in rehearsal. "We have loved their visits here to Cincinnati to shape their original works with MUSE," said Roma.

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