The Old Burying Ground
Evan Chambers brings to life the epitaphs etched in stone so many
years ago in Jaffery, New Hampshire in his first release on Dorian
Sono Luminus with his new work The Old Burying Ground, performed
by the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra under the
direction of Kenneth Kiesler, this world premiere release intertwines
powerful orchestral movements, moving vocal passages and poems
commissioned by world renowned award winning poets in a way that
connects the listener with each of those that have passed on and
inspired the piece.
Evan Chambers (b. 1963) compositions bear the stamp of his early exposure to the edginess and immediacy of folk song and
community music-making, readily crossing boundaries and reconciling disparate musical worlds. He is currently the Associate
Professor and Chair of Composition at the University of Michigan School of Music, and serves as resident composer with the
new-music ensemble Quorum. Works by this award winning composer have been performed by the Cincinnati, Kansas City,
Spokane, Memphis, Binghamton, New Hampshire, and Albany Symphonies, as well as the American Composers Orchestra,
with which he appeared as soloist in Carnegie Hall.
Kenneth Kiesler has been Director of Orchestras and professor of conducting at the University of Michigan since 1995. Kiesler
is Conductor Laureate of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra where, as Music Director from 1980 to 2000, he founded the Illinois
Symphony Chorus and Illinois Chamber Orchestra, led debuts at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, and won several awards.
Having conducted numerous symphonies around the world, Mr. Kiesler is also one of the worlds most sought-after mentors
The album features a powerful cast of vocal soloists. The solos are led by world famous folk singer Tim Eriksen, who beyond
releasing numerous recordings exploring a wide range of musical styles, was the music consultant for the film Cold Mountain
working with the musicians and tutoring the actors in Sacred Harp singing, appearing in the film and ultimately performing his
shape-note arrangement of an Oscar-nominated Elvis Costello song on the Academy Awards. Eriksen is the only musician
to have shared the stage with both Kurt Cobain and Doc Watson. Anne-Carolyn Bird (Soprano) is a brilliant and award
winning voice who can be heard as the Voice of the Fountain on the Grammy Award-winning recording of Osvaldo Golijovs
Ainadamar. Nicholas Phan (Tenor) who has performed with the numerous opera companies including Glimmerglass, New
York City, LA, and Chicago, has proven to be a stellar up and coming artist. The album also features poetry commissioned for
the work by internationally acclaimed poets including Keith Taylor, Thomas Lynch, Richard Tillinghast, Paula Meehan, Jane
Hirshfield, read by the poets throughout the work.
This powerful piece of music, produced by award winning producer David Frost, is a guaranteed top selection in the play
lists of the traditional classical music listener, and bridges the gap to reach music lovers of all genres. The folk undertones
paired with the poetry and intricate orchestral composition truly give new life to those interred at The Old Burying Ground.