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Two very different works Ñ equally delightful.

Efra’n Amaya was born in Venezuela. He studied composition and piano at the University of Indiana and conducting at Rice University. He is on the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University and founder and conductor of the Point Chamber Orchestra. His children's opera, featured on this recording, was first performed by the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh. The other work, Clepsydra premiered as part of the First Night celebrations in Pittsburgh as a collaborative multimedia performance.
Efra’n Amaya, composer
Phantasmagorilla? No! Phantasmagoria
Amadis Amaya, Charlene Canty, Sean Donaldson, Annie Rago, Kimberly Steinhauer, vocal soloists, The Point Chamber Orchestra, Efr‡in Amaya, conductor

Efra’n Amaya, composer
Clepsydra: An Operatic Installation with 13 Performers
Douglas Ahlstedt, Jeanne Wentworth, vocal soloists, Point Chamber Orchestra, Efra’n Amaya, conductor

"Clepsydra...comes across with wonderfully eloquent and substantial harmonies and drama...(Pittsburgh Magazine)

"Albany strikes again!...this time two contrasting and exhilerating works by Efrain Amaya. ...The music is very tunefulÐcatchy tunes galoreÐjazzy, rhythmic, and easy to listen to. ...I am most pleased by both works." (American Record Guide)

"The music here is...intensely beautiful." (Fanfare)
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