The Wise Women: Conrad Susa’s Christmas Opera @ Stanford

Stanford University presented two performances of Conrad Susa’s one-act Chamber opera for Christmas, The Wise Women, in December this year. Susa is known for his operas, particularly perennial favorites like Transformations and The Dangerous Liaisons. With this work, he offers a new perspective on the nativity and its mysteries. The audience gets a taste of… Read More The Wise Women: Conrad Susa’s Christmas Opera @ Stanford

Getting into the Christmas Spirit with The Snow Lay on the Ground

Everyone has their favorite Christmas album. Whether it’s Bing Crosby, Mariah Carey, The Nutcracker Suite, or Messiah, decorating a tree, sitting by a fire, baking cookies and other traditions just don’t feel the same without the right music in the background. This year we have enjoyed listening to the 2016 Arsis release, The Snow Lay… Read More Getting into the Christmas Spirit with The Snow Lay on the Ground

Featured Recording: Allen Shawn – Piano Works / Julia Bartha

For this month’s Featured Recording, we turn to composer Allen Shawn. Recorded in Hannover in 2013, Julia Bartha takes us through five of Shawn’s multi-movement works for piano in the Coviello Classics release, titled Allen Shawn: Piano Works–Julia Bartha, Piano. Anthony Tommasini of The New York Times writes: “This recent recording offers an immersion into… Read More Featured Recording: Allen Shawn – Piano Works / Julia Bartha