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14 August 2018

‘Bodies’ review: Pride is a verb

by Matthew Andrews (Oregon ArtsWatch)

DiOrio’s dense, emotional, poetical patchwork stood as a sort of invocation, a visibilizing of the concert’s animating spirit of gender diversity. The invocation was completed by a reflection, a new poem written and performed by Resonance’s Poet-in-Residence, S. Renee Mitchell, who originally came to Resonance as a serendipitous replacement for Vin Shambry at last fall’s Voices concert, and began her residency in February with Souls. For each concert, Mitchell has written original poetry interweaving texts from the concerts’ pieces, together with commentary and her own personal perspective. Another quilt. Another invocation.

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10 August 2018

Local Composers Create Modern Operas for Kids

by Rachel Glago (Bloom Magazine)

The World Is One is a collaboration between composer Dominick DiOrio, associate professor at the Jacobs School, and Iranian-American writer Khashayar Tonekaboni, clinical assistant professor at the IU School of Optometry. The piece examines the plight of refugees from a perspective accessible to teenagers, asking audiences to think about questions regarding displacement, home, and support of those facing uncertainty.

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10 August 2018

Brian's Picks: Robyn Lana shares insights into the importance of music in children's lives

by Brian Newhouse (Classical MPR)

On the latest episode of Brian's Picks, Robyn Lana, founder and conductor of the Cincinnati Youth Choir, joins Brian Newhouse in the studio for music and conversation. Lana shares four recordings by the choir as well as insights into the impact music makes on children's lives, commissioning works and building relationships with composers, and more. Selections include works by Francisco Nunez, Dominick DiOrio, and more.

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01 July 2018

Talented, triple-threat conductor shares selections for summer concert

by Peter Jacobi (Herald Times)

Dominick DiOrio is a triple-threat musician. He sings. He conducts. He composes. Since arriving at Indiana University a few years ago to join the choral conducting faculty, he’s been a local presence most prominently as that: a conductor of choruses, a talent he exhibits brilliantly in the classroom, I’m told, and on stage, I know.

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29 June 2018

One from the Folder: Weekly Repertoire Thoughts for Women’s/Treble Choirs

by Shelbie L. Wahl-Fouts (ChoralNet)

This selection for three-part women’s/treble chorus, piano, and upper strings is a beautiful combination of Dominick DiOrio’s lush musical setting and Amy Lowell’s passionate text.

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22 June 2018

Of Borders And Separations: Young People’s Chorus Takes On Heady Themes

by Bruce Hodges (Musical America)

Organizers of last Monday night’s concert could hardly have anticipated how very timely their program would be. On June 18 in Merkin Hall, the Young People’s Chorus of New York City (YPC) and the Yale Choral Artists (YCA) offered the New York premiere of The Glass Box, a work that, in the words of its composer Paola Prestini, “follows the illness of young refugees in Sweden who fall into a coma-like sleep when their families are slated for deportation, a syndrome known as uppgivenhetssyndrom, or ‘resignation syndrome.’"

The evening ended with the two groups joining forces for Dominick DiOrio’s You Do Not Walk Alone (2014), a sober, if ultimately uplifting paean, with a message of hope that was hard to resist. 

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03 May 2018

'Gathering' celebrates UI's 150th in style

by John Frayne (The News-Gazette)

"Gathering" is a work for a celebration, and DiOrio has created a solemn and suitably ceremonial piece for this occasion. One unusual aspect of "Gathering" was the use of quotations from Johannes Brahms' "A German Requiem" ("How Lovely Are Thy Dwelling Places"), as well as the famous triumphal theme from the finale of Brahms' First Symphony.

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On A Dome of Many-Coloured Glass...

The Houston Chamber Choir premiered Dominick DiOrio's "A Dome of Many-Coloured Glass", a four-movement robust choral virtuosic showcase inspired by the imagist poetry of turn-of-the-century Nobel Laureate Amy Lowell. When he said that he had written for a professional choir who could do just about anything, he wasn't kidding."

-- Joel Luks, CultureMap

On Alleluia...

I personally remain suspicious when perusing any copy of new music with the title "Alleluia" after Randall Thompson as it is hard to say more than he did, strictly in the choral idiom, so long ago. That being said, I too can evolve and Dominick DiOrio has crafted a thrilling new treatment worthy of attention and praise."

-- Sean Burton, Iowa ACDA Summer Symposium

On "Stabat mater dolorosa..."...

DiOrio’s setting is highly effective, in a lucid modern idiom, with Near’s sweet tone well conveying the placid denial of brutal reality... The Ave Maria is one of the most striking modern settings we have heard, and was our favorite bit of music for the evening.

-- Vance R. Koven, Boston Musical Intelligencer

On Klytemnestra: the original subversive female...

Dominick’s music has a dramatic complexity and depth that really resonates with me. Klytemnestra’s music has an interwoven quality – web-like, veiled, cyclical, a masterful interplay between the parts. The music is deeply psychological and reflective of a Greek heroine.

-- Misha Penton, artistic director of Divergence Vocal Theater, courtesy of Sequenza21 and Chris Becker