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Richard Danielpour Award-winning composer Richard Danielpour has established himself as one of the most gifted and sought-after composers of his generation. His music has attracted an illustrious array of champions, and, as a devoted mentor and educator, he has also had a significant impact on the younger generation of composers. His list of commissions include some of the most celebrated artists of our day including Yo-Yo Ma, Jessye Norman, Dawn Upshaw, Emanuel Ax, Frederica von Stade, Thomas Hampson, Gary Graffman, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, the Guarneri, Emerson, and American String Quartets, and the New York City and Pacific Northwest Ballets, and institutions such as the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia and Stuttgart Radio Orchestras, Orchestre National de France, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and many more. With Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison, he created Margaret Garner, his first opera, which premiered in May 2005.
Jalaluddin Rumi, trans. Raficq Abdulla
A passionate performer of contemporary art song and chamber music, soprano Mary Elizabeth Mackenzie
has worked closely with several living composers including John Harbison, Richard Danielpour and James Primosch, and has premiered works by Louis Andriessen, Jean Barraqué, John Harbison, Jonathan Dawe, Hector Parra, Bernhard Lang and Wang Jie. She has appeared with the American Contemporary Music Ensemble, the Continuum Ensemble, the Da Capo Chamber Players, Fulcrum Point New Music Project and the Talea Ensemble.
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