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Explorations Preview: Tony Solitro’s Hindsight

July 20, 2010
Hey all, just checking in to remind you to either tune in tomorrow at 8:30pm to hear Explorations featuring Tony’s piece or to pick up the podcast when it hits iTunes/your RSS feed tomorrow night.  Now, a little on Hindsight from our composer.

Those who are familiar with my compositions know that my works are usually unabashedly programatic; they frequently have a clear narrative or plot.  Hindsight, however, is not programatic but rather an expression of a concept: the past is rarely how one remembers it.  While reading Philip Roth’s novel, American Pastoral, I began to think about my own past, and the memories that I hold so dearly.  They ran through my mind like the themes that reoccur throughout the quartet and unfold with varying degrees of manipulation and development. Each reoccurrence is framed in a slightly altered rhythmic context, as the memories are never the same either.  The piece begins with a nostalgic and somewhat amorphous introduction, while the end of the piece is a fragmented recapitulation.
Hindsight was premiered and recorded live at the Penn Composers Guild recital on Sunday, November 15th.  The performers are students from The Curtis Institute of Music; Masha Popova, flute;
Kelly Coyle, clarinet;
Natalie Helm, violoncello; and
Lio Kuok-man, piano.
Here’s a video of the performance, as well:

A bit about Tony:

Tony Solitro (b. 1984) grew up in Worcester, Massachusetts.  While still in high school he was admitted to a program at The College of the Holy Cross which allowed him to begin studies in composition and music theory. He received a B.M. from the Hartt School at the University of Hartford and an M.M. from the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA where he was a recipient of the Nadia and Lily Boulanger Scholarship.  His principal teachers include James Primosch, Robert Carl, Larry Alan Smith and Paul Brust, and studied computer music with Jeremy VanBuskirk. He was selected as a composition fellow at Brevard Music Center for the summer of 2008, where he studied with Kevin Puts and Robert Aldridge.  Tony has also studied with David Dzubay as a visiting student at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music and has participated in master classes with Joan Panetti, Scott Wheeler, Claudio Gabriele and John McDonald.
Tony’s music was recently heard on Dinosaur Annex’s Young Composers Festival and at the Regattabar Jazz Club at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge, MA. He thrives on interdisciplinary collaborations and greatly enjoys working with singers, instrumentalists, dancers, poets and artists.  Other career highlights to date include collaborations with theatre directors to compose scores for Molière’s Learned Ladies and Shakespeare’s The Tempest.  Tony is currently a Benjamin Franklin PhD Fellow at The University of Pennsylvania.
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