The voice – it is the world's oldest instrument. An irresistible force in music literally since the dawn of time, no other instrument rivals the voice in inspiring innovation from composers.
In the last fifty-or-so years, composers have explored an exceptionally wide range of expression in music for solo voice. Milton Babbitt deftly weaves Bethany Beardslee's voice into an electronic tapestry in an excerpt from Philomel; Harrison Birtwistle also weaves seamlessly, but with a single cello, in his Nine Settings of Loraine Niedecker. Philip Glass combines a number of solo voices into a sort of "super-voice" in his early static Music for Voices.
Rounding out the program is a book of motets by John Harbison and a special surprise. Viva la voice!