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26 Mar

Baltimore Sun Reviews

In News by Kristin Kuster / March 26, 2008 / 0 Comments


Capping off the program was Beneath This Stone, Kristin Kuster’s entry in the Annapolis Charter 300 Young Composers Competition the orchestra is sponsoring this year. Her work, a musical tribute to the pulses and rhythms lying beneath the surface of Annapolis, was nearly twice as long as its two predecessors in the contest, which gave it time to say something. Its lyrical interludes are full of plush harmonies, and I like the repetitious, minimalist-inspired urban bet, which might be subtitled, “An American in Annapolis on Groundhog Day.”

Phil Greenfield, Baltimore Sun, 26 March 2008.

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Rounding out the program was the premiere of Beneath This Stone by Kristin Kuster. Kuster’s work, inspired by a plaque at the spot where a fountain to mark the 200th anniversary of the city charter was intended but never built, reveals a deft control of instrumentation, with sparkly writing for woodwinds and percussion.

Stylistically, the piece embraces mildly piquant dissonance, lyrical directness and traces of minimalist motor rhythm. Transitions between fast and slow sections of the score are too abrupt, as if the composer made sudden edits to keep the music within the six-to-ten-minute length required, but the overall effect is nonetheless engaging.

Tim Smith, Baltimore Sun, 25 March 2008

24 Oct

Kristin Kuster Receives Jerome Foundation Commissioning Program Award

In News by Kristin Kuster / October 24, 2007 / 0 Comments

Kristin Kuster will write a new piece Perpetual Afternoon for flutist Jennifer Nitchman to premiere at the National Flute Association Convention this summer in Kansas City with support from the Jerome Foundation. The Jerome Commissioning Program, now in its 28th year and one of only a few national commissioning programs, supports the production of new musical works by emerging composers.

05 Oct

Kristin Kuster Selected for American Opera Project’s Composers & The Voice Series

In News by Kristin Kuster / October 5, 2007 / 0 Comments

Each season American Opera Projects selects composers to work with the company’s Resident Ensemble Singers for its nationally recognized Composers & the Voice Workshop Series. Six emerging composers have been chosen by American Opera Projects to spend a year writing for the operatic voice.