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The joys of morning and other inspirations: an interview with composer Robert Dennis
by Diana Castelnuovo-Tedesco for Vocal Area Network
Posted May 4, 2006

Robert DennisRobert Dennis's music came to the attention of Kristina Boerger, artistic director of the Cerddorion Vocal Ensemble, when she sang many of his compositions as a member of the Western Wind a cappella sextet. She quickly became a big fan of the composer, who has created works for New York City Opera and The Lincoln Center Institute. "Never predictable, always accessible" is how Dr. Boerger characterizes Mr. Dennis's style. She proceeded to introduce his work to Cerddorion's repertoire. In the last few years, the group has performed several pieces by Dennis: two cycles--The Man in the Moon and The Golden Peacock--and, most recently, a psalm setting with obbligato violin. "Because of our wonderful experiences singing Robert's music, we offered him our commission for 2005-2006. We wanted him to create a work which we could give to the entire choral world…a piece that choruses will enjoy singing and that audiences will enjoy hearing."

The new work, Morning Group 1, will have its premiere performance at Cerddorion's upcoming concerts, scheduled for May