In Print

01 December 2018

Of Radiance & Refraction

by Colin Clarke (Fanfare)

The group NOTUS is Indiana University’s contemporary vocal ensemble. Here, it presents five newly-commissioned works by Indiana University Jacobs School of Music composers. The freshness of the performances, and indeed of the music itself, is testament to this group’s zeal.

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01 November 2018

Recorded Sound Reviews

by David Rentz (Choral Journal)

As NOTUS's first commercial recording and a collection of significant new music, this disc will be a welcome addition to the collections of choral aficionados, and a reminder of the benefits (and challenges) of encouraging "non-choral" composers to write for our ensembles.

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09 October 2018

Of Radiance and Refraction - NOTUS - Innova

by Mel Martin (Audiophile Audition)

As I was listening I had to keep reminding myself that I was listening to a student ensemble. The quality of the performances, and the commitment to the music are obvious here.

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01 October 2018


by Daniel Morrison (Fanfare)

I am not an aficionado of contemporary music, but I did thoroughly enjoy this disc, which offers interesting music, expertly performed and recorded. I recommend it not only to those with a special interest in new music but also to a wider audience.

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01 October 2018

NOTUS Interview and Review

by Ken Melder (Fanfare)

The works, all in a contemporary idiom, showcase the beauty and expressive potential of the human voice. If you have an interest in contemporary choral writing (or even contemporary music in general), I think you will find these works compelling and attractive.  They are also superbly performed and recorded.  The detailed liner notes, and the inclusion of texts and translations, as well as the original Stravinsky string quartet work, are models of how such a recording enterprise should be presented.  It is heartening to see that the commissioning, performance, and recording of new, persuasive works are thriving at great institutions like IU.  It’s an initiative well worth supporting, and in the case of Of Radiance and Refraction, one that I think will provide considerable pleasure.

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21 September 2018

Choral Featured Album: 'Of Radiance and Refraction'

by Classical Music Features (Classical MPR)

This week on the Choral Featured Album, we present Of Radiance and Refraction, the debut album of Indiana University contemporary vocal ensemble Notus. Comprising 12 tracks, the record includes works by Claude Baker, Sven-David Sandstrom, Aaron Travers, John Gibson, Igor Stravinsky, and Dominick DiOrio.

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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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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