24. Music Making

Roberto Sierra, Music, premiered several compositions with major U.S. orchestras. Premieres included Beyond the Silence of Sorrow for soprano and orchestra performed by Heidi Grant Murphy and the Seattle Symphony conducted by Gerard Schwartz; Concerto for Saxophones and Orchestra performed by James Carter and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra conducted by Neemi Javi; and Folias, concerto for guitar and orchestra performed by Manuel Barrueco and the New World Symphony conducted by Alasdair Neale. Trio Nr. 2, a work for piano, violin, and cello premiered in New York City, performed by Continuum. Two works by Sierra were also produced as a CD recording (Albany Records U.S.), performed by the Bronx Arts Ensemble: Bayoán, an oratorio for soprano, baritone, chorus, and orchestra; and El Éxtasis de Santa Teresa for soprano and chamber orchestra (commissioned by the Bronx Arts Ensemble). Both works use texts by two important literary figures in the Spanish-speaking world: the Spaniard St. Teresa of Ávila and the Puerto Rican, Eugenio María de Hostos.

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