The evening features ensemble music and conversation with composer/lyricists who have worked closely with music director Judith Clurman and her choral ensemble, Essential Voices USA. Additional guests include Sheldon Harnick, Larry Hochman, Richard Maltby, Joshua Schmidt, Lynne Shankel, David Shire, Georgia Stitt, Jonathan Tunick and Maury Yeston. Midge Woolsey hosts the evening, and Tedd Firth is at the piano.
The evening features world premieres of the revised score of Music by the late Marvin Hamlisch and Summer Song by Lynne Shankel, along with the New York premiere of Meditation by Larry Hochman and Movements 9 and 10 from Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird (2013) by Joshua Schmidt (poems by Wallace Stevens).
Also on the program are the previously premiered works by EVUSA, Reason to Be Thankful (2011) by Larry Hochman and Sheldon Harnick, three movements from Sing Out Mr. President (2011): "I Believe in Democracy" by Andrew Lippa (Woodrow Wilson), "Opinion is Power" by Larry Hochman (Thomas Jefferson) and "With Hope and Virtue" by Georgia Stitt (Barack Obama); and the SATB version of Testimony (2012) by Steven Schwartz.
In addition is the newly arranged music for EVUSA, "Travel" from Starting Here, Starting Now (1976) by David Shire and Richard Maltby and "Make Them Hear You" from Ragtime (1998) by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens.
The show is part of EVUSA's The Composer Speaks programs. "We are honored to be presenting this music, and very touched that all of these composers and lyricists will be attending and participating in our Composer Speaks workshop," said Judith Clurman in a press statement. For more information visit essentialvoices.com. DiMenna Space for Classical Music is located at 450 West 37th St., New York.