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09 Dec

San Francisco Classical Voice Review

In News by Kristin Kuster / December 9, 2009 / 0 Comments

COMPANIONABLE SCORES

The Left Coast Chamber Ensemble’s practice of commissioning companion pieces to established repertoire is such a marvelous idea that it’s strange not to se it emulated everywhere . . . Sam Nichols and Kristin Kuster had the nerve-racking task of coming up with a piece to stand alongside the Grosse Fugue. They did it well, it quite different ways.

. . . Kuster’s Midnight Mirror is another sort of beast. Her own account is vivid. Of the Grosse Fugue, she says that in it Beethoven “celebrates the relentless intensity of time, our enraptured emotionality that’s over in the blink of an eye, our strained and fumbling grip on time, churning, incessant, and ceaseless.” Fair enough.

Kuster’s concrete point of reference in the Beethoven seems to have been that unnerving eruption of trills midway through. A thicket of joyous trills starts her piece, to return later; the violins play long, sinuous lines, over insistent, impetuous music from viola and cello. In proximity to the Grosse Fugue the piece did seem to have almost an indecently optimistic outlook on life; that might have been the point.

Michelle Dulak Thomson, San Francisco Classical Voice, 10 December 2009

25 Jul

Lost Gulch Lookout Released on NAXOS

In News by Kristin Kuster / July 25, 2009 / 0 Comments

The University of Georgia Wind Ensemble, under the baton of John P. Lynch, released Kristin Kuster’s Lost Gulch Lookout on the new CD “Millennium Canons: Looking Forward, Looking Back” on the NAXOS label.

Listen to NAXOS podcast about the CD, July 2009

25 Feb

Music Alive: New Partnerships Program, League of American Orchestras & Meet The Composer

In News by Kristin Kuster / February 25, 2009 / 0 Comments

Kristin Kuster has been selected by the League of American Orchestras & Meet The Composer for the New Partnerships initiative, which fosters new relationships between composers and orchestras. Fully funded one-week residencies involving community engagement with the composer and performance of the composer’s work are in the offering to orchestras and other performing and presenting organizations.