Good morning from Chicago.
Huw Watkins and I are off to Ravinia for WILD PLUM ARTS’ American debut, presenting The Class of 1938 which includes a new song written for us by John Corigliano and three new arrangements by Michele Brourman of songs from the 1960s folk revivalist movement. Plus there’s Joan Tower, John Harbison, Charles Wuorinen, William Bolcom and Frederic Rzewski. The world premiere on 29 June at Wigmore Hall was electric because of the audience’s energy and was called “song in performance.”
I’m rather proud of that.
The 2017-2018 season may be coming to a close, and boy, was it full: performing new works, launching artistic led organisations including WILD PLUM ARTS and SWAP’RA, and I started curating programs. My first for the Aldeburgh Festival in June was a corker – I’m the first person to ever sing Randy Newman at the Snape Maltings. Oh, I’ll fill you in.
For now, I’m heading up the lakeshore with my music and a cup of tea.