Dante Project [ Vox Novus - the new voice for contemporary music ]
November 16, 2002
Advent Lutheran Church
2504 Broadway
New York, New York

In conjunction with our mission Vox Novus also aids other projects which foster contemporary composers and their works. The Dante Project is a concert involved with the text of Dante as it is set or realized to music.

Title ComposerInstrumentation
Inferno, Canto I: The Dark Wood of Error Mira Spektor Two Baritones and Cello
Inferno, Canto II: The Descent Robert Voisey Two Sopranos, Organ, Flute, and Cello
Inferno, Canto V: The Carnal: Paolo and Francesca ("Cantata on a Canto") Peter Homans Soprano, Tenor, Three Baritones, and String Quartet
Inferno, Canto XXXIV: The CenterJohn Lucania Tenor, Two Baritone, Bass, and Organ
Purgatory, Canto I: Cato of UticaConstance Cooper Narrator, Treble Violin, and Viola
Purgatory, Cantos XXV/XXVII: The Top Ring of Purgatory ("Refining Fire") Theodore Wiprud String Quartet
Purgatory, Canto XVII: Virgil On Love ("Excessive Fervor") Michael Kinney Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Clarinet, Cello, Flute
Paradise, Canto XXVI:St. John: The Examination of God's Love Eleanor Cory Baritone, Chorus, and String Quartet
Paradise, Canto XXIX: The Creation Marco Oppedisano Three Sopranos
Paradise, Cantos XV/XVII: The Souls of the Great Cross ("Cacciaguida") John Lucania Tenor, Two Baritone, Bass, and Organ
Agueda Alejandra Fernandez Abad
Lelia Tenreyro-Viana
Michael Kinney
Born in St. Paul, Minnesota in August of 1969, Michael Kinney began studying the piano at an early age. As a recipient of The Vittorio Giannini Award for Composition, he received a Bachelor of Music in Composition from The North Carolina School of Arts (NCSA) in 1994. In 2001 Kinney moved to France to study computer music at The Centre de Création Musicale Iannis Xenakis (CCMIX) where he continues to work as assistant musical during the summer sessions. Kinney currently resides in Paris and is on the faculty of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris where he creates music for dance and teaches a course in accompagnement de danse.
Marco Oppedisano
Marco Oppedisano is an American guitarist and composer whose compositions focus on the innovative use of electric guitar in the genre of electroacoustic music. Since 1999, his musique concrète/acousmatic music compositions have utilized multitrack recording and extended performance techniques for electric guitar and bass. His electroacoustic music has been described as “...mindbending music for guitar and electronics... hear Oppedisano’s intricate roar.” -Time Out New York
Robert Voisey
“With few opportunities and much competition,...composers show creativity in just getting heard.” And in Chris Pasles’s article in the Los Angeles Times, Robert Voisey is highlighted as one of those composers. Composing electroacoustic and chamber music, his aesthetic oscillates from the Romantic to the Post Modern Mash-Up. His work has been performed in venues throughout the world including: Carnegie Hall, World Financial Center Winter Garden Atrium, and Stratford Circus in London.
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