Gold Are My Flowers
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Two works for voice by internationally recognized composer C. Curtis-Smith.

Two works for voice by the internationally recognized composer C. Curtis-Smith are offered on this recording. The first -- Gold Are My Flowers -- is a cantata/melodrama for soprano, baritone and chamber group. The work tells the story of the coming of European civilization to the wildernesses of the world using poetry by the Chickasaw poet Linda Hogan, portions of the Navajo Night Chant, excerpts from Columbus' Log and Book of Prophecies and Biblical passages quoted by Columbus in his Log. A Civil War Song Cycle, the second vocal work, follows the emotional and chronological sequence of the Civil War. C. Curtis-Smith is the recipient of more than 100 grants, awards and commissions. He was the youngest faculty member ever awarded the Western Michigan University's Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award. His Twelve Etudes for Piano were selected for the repertoire list for the Eleventh Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2001. His music has been performed throughout the United States, Germany and Japan.
C. Curtis-Smith, composer
Gold Are My Flowers
Carmen Pelton, soprano, Jan Opalach, baritone, Renata Knific, violin, Karen Buranskas, cello, Tom Knific, double bass, Christine Smith, flute, Bradley Wong, clarinet, Scott Thronburg, trumpet, Judy Moonert, percussion, Matthew Ardizzone, guitar, Silvia Roederer, piano Joe Miller, conductor

C. Curtis-Smith, composer
A Civil War Song Cycle
Mary Bonhag, soprano, C. Curtis-Smith, piano

"An intriguing and rewarding release." (Fanfare)"Potent poetry, powerful music, committed performances." (American Record Guide)
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