Happy 150 U Illinois!
The University of Illinois Sesquicentennial celebrations include a major new commission: Gathering for chorus, wind symphony, soprano and baritone. The work will be premiered in Chicago, New York City, and Urbana in the Spring of 2018 with the UI Chamber Singers, UI Wind Symphony, vocal artists Nathan Gunn, R. Todd Payne, and Yvonne Gonzales Redman, and conductors Stephen Peterson and Andrew Megill. Read more about the work here.
Halina Goldberg and I sit down to talk about Krzysztof Penderecki's visit to Indiana University and the circumstances behind his honorary doctorate and invitation to conduct his monumental St. Luke Passion with the IU ensembles. The Through the Gates podcast episode 69 is hosted by Janae Cummings. Listen here.
Movement Zero Podcast
Dominick DiOrio was featured on a recent special composer spotlight episode of the podcast Movement Zero. Producer Bobby Conselatore spoke with Dominick about the major themes of identity, love and death in his music. The episode featured selections from his works You Do Not Walk Alone, Stravinsky Refracted, And the Barriers had Vanished, A Ghost Through the Winding Years, and I Am. Subscribe and leave a review for Movement Zero on iTunes or listen at movement0.com.
CD Review in Choir & Organ Magazine
The November / December issue of Choir & Organ gives five stars to soft blink of amber light, the recently released album by Houston Chamber Choir and Robert Simpson. Calling the composers on the album "very gifted," reviewer Shirley Ratcliffe also says that my work A Dome of Many-Coloured Glass "provides a triumphant ending to a very interesting programme." Read more here.