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There will be a life

Gregory Wiest and Akane Kubo presented this program on Sunday, July 10th, 2022 at 7:30 PM in Einstein Kultur, Munich.

  • Gregory Wiest and Akane Kubo
  • Impressions
  • composed by Elaine Fine
  • for Tenor and Piano
  • Texts by Alice Ruth Moore (Alice Dunbar-Nelson)
  • Thought
  • Hope
  • Love
  • Death
  • Faith
  • Songs of the Wood
  • composed by James A. Devor
  • for Tenor and Piano
  • Text after George Washington Sears
  • That Trout
  • Flight of the Goddess
  • Disheartened
  • Isabel Nye
  • Birds Gone South
  • composed by Travis Reynolds
  • for High Voice and Piano
  • Texts by Robert A. Ayres
  • For a Fallen Fieldmouse
  • Dry Spell
  • Solstice
  • Collect
  • Sunflower
  • Elaine Fine, who grew up in Boston, began musical life as a violinist, but received a Bachelor of Music Degree in flute performance from The Juilliard School of Music, where she was a student of Julius Baker. She later studied recorder in Vienna, baroque flute in Boston, and composition at Eastern Illinois University. She spent twenty-three years on the reviewing staff of the American Record Guide, was the program annotator for the New Philharmonic of DuPage County, served for 12 years as the Classical Music Director for WEIU-FM. She remains active as a composer and as a performing musician (violin, viola, viola d'amore, and recorders), runs a private teaching studio, and co-directs a string orchestra program in downstate Illinois.

    Her orchestral music, chamber music, piano music, songs, and operas, are published by Seesaw Music (Subito), Jeanné, North Star Music, and Mel Bay, and she has arrangements published by the International Music Company. She also makes more than 300 additional works and arrangements available in the IMSLP. Her music and arrangements have been recorded on Capstone Records, Crystal Records, MSR, JJmusic, and Decca.

  • James A. Devor is a composer and double bassist based in Hartford, CT. He currently studies music composition as a graduate student at The Hartt School and previously received BMs in music education and music theory/composition at West Chester University of PA. James has been awarded the Excellence in SCRA Award, the Margaret Carey Award, the Roz Patton Award, and the WCUSO Quad Concert Composition Contest. He has studied with Robert Carl, Daron Hagen, Robert Maggio, Gilda Lyons, Adam Silverman, and Mark Rimple, and been a participant at Wintergreen Composer’s Retreat, Sō Percussion Workshop, SewaneeWinterfest, and the European American Musical Alliance. James' interests include studying and performing early music, playing double bass in bluegrass and folk bands, and experimenting with new electronics in his own compositions.

  • Travis Reynolds is a composer and pianist currently based in Los Angeles. Travis received his Bachelor in Music from the Boston Conservatory, where he was hired as a staff pianist his senior year. He currently serves as music director and pianist a First Unitarian Universalist Church of Los Angeles, in addition to being an active teacher and accompanist.

    His compositions have been performed by the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, Lynx Project, Calliope, Soundry and members of both the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Boston Modern Orchestra Project. He has scored numerous short films and his educational music has been performed by several highschool and amateur string orchestras.