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Living With A Genius

My friend and colleague Omar Crook interviewed me for his Podcast “Living With A Genius.” We bloviated about music and life and marriage and family for about an hour. If you’re inclined to listen to that kind of thing, there are some fun tidbits in here. Special shout outs to Grant Gershon, John Morris Russell, Eric Whitacre, Marsha Norman, Jason Robert Brown and several friends from Los Angeles, College Light Opera Company, The Lilly Awards Foundation, my high school marching band and more. Enjoy!

LIVING WITH A GENIUS
EPISODE 10: GEORGIA STITT

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Los Angeles MasterChorale Gala 2016

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I’m so excited to be working with Grant Gershon and the LA Master Chorale in preparation for this event on March 19th, 2016. If you’re in a position to spend the big bucks to support one of my favorite music-making organizations in the country, you can come hear the world premiere of a choral setting of “These Two,” as well as performances of “The Promise of Light” and a setting of “Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep.” Jason Robert Brown and I are co-chairing the gala, and yes, that means we’ll be in LA for a few days, celebrating choral singers and wearing very fancy clothes.

Listen to more of my choral music HERE.

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Beyond Broadway: Composers Go Choral

Tomorrow night, Wednesday, April 8th, I’ll be participating in an evening of choral music written by my fellow composers in the Broadway community. Conductor Judith Clurman has long been a champion of crossing these genres and I am happy to be one of the composers she enlisted to write for Essential Voices, her fantastic ensemble of singers.

Read Shoshana Greenberg’s Huffington Post article about the concert HERE (including part of an interview with Yours Truly).

See a song list and get tickets at the Essential Voices website HERE.

7:30 pm at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music in NYC.  Hope to see you there!

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SubCulture concert Set List

Last night’s concert at SubCulture was a treat for me, a rare evening in which I got to highlight some of the art songs and poetry settings I’ve been writing over the years. For those of you asking about the songs or their original poems, here’s a set list. Click on the hyper-links to read lyrics, watch videos, buy sheet music, and more.

Thanks for listening!

Georgia Stitt
SubCulture galsALPHABET CITY CYCLE and OTHER SONGS at SubCulture, 3/9/15

FEATURING: Kate Baldwin, Andréa Burns, Bradley Dean, Rebecca Luker, David Schmidt

Georgia Stitt (Piano); Victoria Paterson (Violin); Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf (Cello)

WORLD PREMIERE SONGS

  • WHAT LIPS MY LIPS HAVE KISSED  (words by Edna St. Vincent Millay)
  • WHEN I AM DEAD (words by Christina Rossetti)
    Rebecca Luker

FIRST SONGS

  • LONDON (words by William Blake)
  • COMPOSED UPON WESTMINSTER BRIDGE (words by William Wordsworth)
    David Schmidt

ONE MINUTE SONG CYCLE

SONNETS

ALPHABET CITY CYCLE (words by Marcy Heisler)

 

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SubCulture Debut, Monday, March 9th at 8pm

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I’m doing a concert at SubCulture in NYC. It’s a different kind of concert than the ones I usually do, but SubCulture is a different kind of venue. Often when I speak to Marc Kaplan, who created the space with his brother Steven, his questions are about sound. “Were you happy with the sound? Didn’t the bass sound great? What do you need to make this the listening experience you want for your audience?”

This is a venue that encourages you to create music, and so as I was putting together this evening I thought about the music that would be best served by the space. What an amazing opportunity to revisit “Alphabet City Cycle,” the grouping of five songs I wrote for Kate Baldwin with lyricist Marcy Heisler and recorded in 2009. Along with violinist Victoria Paterson, the team is reunited and we’re performing the entire cycle for the first time in about a decade.

With the backbone of my program in place, I started thinking about how to make an entire evening of music that complemented this twenty-minute song cycle.  I decided to pull all of my art songs — the pieces that live more fluidly somewhere between the worlds of classical music and musical theater, as “Alphabet City Cycle” does — and see if there was enough material there to support an entire evening.  Turns out there’s more than enough material, and some of it hasn’t seen the light of day in ages, if ever.

I have two songs I wrote for Rebecca Luker. Literally. Two years ago, with Rebecca’s voice in my mind, I set two poems (texts by Christina Rossetti and Edna St. Vincent Millay) to music, and I printed them out and gave them to her. Surprise! Yesterday she sang them for me for the first time, and on March 9th she’s giving them their world premiere. Unbelievably to me, Becca came into the first rehearsal with the songs memorized, so the first time I heard them, they were in the voice I had imagined and they were accurate and shapely and full of musical nuance. At one point she said, “Oh, I’m sorry; I’ll fix that,” and I said, “Stop talking. My dreams are coming true.”

Also on the program will be performances by my good and long-time friends Bradley Dean and Andréa Burns.  Bradley is singing a Shakespeare sonnet, a setting of a Derek Walcott poem (from my second album) and “These Two,” the song I wrote for my wedding. And Andréa is singing “The Holy Secret” (from my first album) and “Palimpsest” as well as a very short and (hopefully) very funny collection of one-minute songs with lyrics by Faye Greenberg, Dorothy Parker and Alicia Partnoy. Joining me on their material will be Victoria Paterson on violin and also Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf on cello.

Finally, the last piece of the evening came to me in a flash of either bravery or insanity. I remembered that back in my college days I had set two poems to music and my friend Kevin Simmonds had premiered them on my senior recital. I dug them out of the archive and was pleased to learn that they hold up! I mean, they sound like a very very very early version of the composer I turned into, but they are not embarrassing. (How’s that for a review? “It wasn’t embarrassing.”) Kevin recently moved from California to New York City, and he will be joining me at SubCulture to sing these songs that I believe have only ever been heard before by the audience at Vanderbilt University, twenty-ahem years ago.

I hope I’ve convinced you to come. General admission is $40, and you can buy tickets here.  It’s a small venue (with a great bar!), so I encourage you to purchase in advance, or you may miss out on what is starting to feel like my very own musical episode of “This Is Your Life.”

See you there!

Read more about the concert at BroadwayWorld.com.

 

 

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