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Saturday, September 20th, 2014 6:01 PM EDT

CD AND DOWNLOAD RELEASE OF ARLINGTON SONS

September 2014 marks the release of Eyerly's Arlington Sons as both digital download from iTunes and CD Baby, and as physical CD from CD Baby. This chamber version of Arlington Sons, recorded in Yale's superb Sprague Hall, features star Broadway/Met Opera baritone David Pittsinger, who commissioned the work, and his son Richard - at the time, an outstanding boy soprano, currently an outstanding young tenor - with pianist Fred Lassen and cellist Eric Bartlett.
Saturday, September 20th, 2014 5:39 PM EDT

ARLINGTON SONS D.C. AREA PREMIERE

During September/October 2014, Eyerly’s Arlington Sons receives four performances in the DC area, including its first at Arlington National Cemetery itself. All performances feature Broadway/Met Opera star David Pittsinger and his son Richard – who first sang the piece as a gifted boy soprano, and now sings it as a gifted tenor!
 
Arlington Sons tells the story of a Father who brings his young Son to Arlington National Cemetery for the first time, to witness the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It’s believed to be the first piece written for a real-life father and son.
 
On September 21 @ 2PM, Arlington Sons receives its Arlington Premiere in a public concert produced by the US Air Force Band at Arlington National Cemetery's Women in Military Service Memorial. (At this concert, the chamber version with piano and cello is performed.) The 9/21 appearance is followed by two additional USAF performances, targeted to children and seniors, on September 25 (10:30AM & 7:30PM) at the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts in Maryland. (At these concerts, the orchestral version is performed.)
 
On October 11, Arlington Sons is also performed at the distinguished Society of the Honor Guard | Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (SHGTUS) 2014 Reunion in Arlington.
 
Previous performances have included those at St. Paul’s Chapel, Trinity Church Wall Street, New York, during a West Point Band 9/11/12 remembrance concert, featuring New York Philharmonic Principal Cellist Carter Brey; and the world premiere performances of the orchestral version, by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leonard Slatkin (please see below).
Monday, September 15th, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

SLATKIN CONDUCTS EYERLY PREMIERE WITH PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY

Leonard Slatkin conducted the world premiere of Eyerly's Arlington Sons with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh on three subscription performances (October 5, 6 and 7, 2012). The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette called the work "a marvelous mixture of the solemnity of the moment and the vivaciousness of youth. Flowing melody and believable dialogue abounded. Here is a piece destined for many official performances." The Tribune-Review found the piece "remarkable, deftly drawn. A natural humor is only one of Eyerly's smart choices that lighten what easily could have been cloying sentimentality." Commissioned by Broadway and Metropolitan Opera star David Pittsinger, Arlington Sons is a unique 12-minute piece for baritone, boy soprano and orchestra. By turns moving and humorous, the work depicts a father and son visiting Arlington Cemetery in Virginia, to watch the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns. Arlington Sons was conceived specifically for the real-life father-son duo of David and Richard Pittsinger, and is believed to be the first vocal piece written for a father and son. Adding resonance to the themes of fatherhood, "sonhood" and patriotism, David's own father was a guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns. The Pittsburgh performances of Arlington Sons followed the work's premiere in piano arrangement at a February 2012 gala for the Glimmerglass Festival in New York City, honoring director Francesca Zambello, where Mssrs. Pittsinger were accompanied by Fred Lassen at the keyboard.
Monday, September 1st, 2014 7:00 PM EDT

JENNIFER LARMORE COMMISSION

Eyerly recently completed Creatures Great and Small for American mezzo-soprano Jennifer Larmore and the Paris-based ensemble OpusFive. A song cycle for mezzo and string quintet, the work was commissioned by Judy Francis Zankel. Its texts consist of poetry by one dozen authors about animals (a shared passion of Eyerly and Larmore), ranging in tone from ethereal verse about a distant hawk to amusing verse about a cat listening to jazz. Plans are underway for the European premiere in the 2015-16 season, to be followed by the American premiere in 2016.
Tuesday, June 26th, 2012 12:00 AM EDT

NEW YORK TIMES APPLAUDS "ALGONQUIN SONGS"

On February 4, 2012, a group of Eyerly's Algonquin Songs were performed on the "Music of Now" marathon at Symphony Space in New York City. These settings of poetry by Algonquin "Round Table" members (including Dorothy Parker and Ring Lardner) were among the works singled out in the New York Times' review of the marathon, which deemed them "admirable songs." They were winningly performed by baritone Robert Osborne and pianist Peggy Kampmeier.
Wednesday, February 15th, 2012 7:00 AM EST

SPIRES

In February 2010, Eyerly's choral composition Spires was performed in Philadelphia on a featured concert of the American Choral Directors Association conference. John Scott conducted the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys at this event attended by choirmasters from across the country. Spires, a 20-minute work for full choir and organ, was commissioned by Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue for John Scott and the Choir, who also presented the world premiere in New York.

A musical celebration of churches - the first work of its kind - Spires gathers Biblical, American and British poetry from the Psalms to the present, including such poets as Longfellow, Herbert, R.S. Thomas and C. Rossetti. The composition is broken up into nine sections, each a setting of a different poet who views the church from a unique angle.

Excerpts from Spires may be heard on this website, under "Works" and "Choral."
Tuesday, February 14th, 2012 5:10 PM EST

CHAMBER MUSIC MAGAZINE

The March/April 2010 issue of Chamber Music magazine featured Eyerly's wind and piano sextet "The Palm at the End." Several pages of the score were printed alongside an interview with the composer. Chamber Music magazine is published by Chamber Music America, which commissioned the sextet, a work Eyerly calls "one of my four best pieces, measure for measure."

"The Palm at the End" may be heard on this website, under "Works" and "Chamber."
Tuesday, February 14th, 2012 5:10 PM EST

OTHER NEWS

Eyerly has joined the Juilliard Faculty, College Division, where he teaches a new theory course, specially designed for singers. No longer a vampire, Eyerly may now be seen at Juilliard during daylight hours, as well as at night, when he continues to teach popular courses for adults in the Evening Division.
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Psalm 71, a 7-minute a cappella motet for choir SATB, was performed on Palm Sunday 2010 at Christ Church, Cincinnati, by its choir under the direction of Charles Hogan. Christ Church commissioned Psalm 71 and presented the world premiere in February 2008. The Psalm text is not well known. Eyerly chose it when, during a period of duress, he resorted to the old "folk" habit of opening a Bible to a random spot and reading what it said for guidance. He landed on Psalm 71 and was heartened by its first words: "In thee, O Lord, will I put my trust."
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Eyerly's Met Opera "Live in HD" lectures for the Mahaiwe Theater in the Berkshires have relocated to a larger space: the Mahaiwe Theater itself. From modest beginnings, the lecture series has drawn a steadily growing audience, moving from a restaurant, to a church, and now to the lovely restored theater. Eyerly recently completed his fifth season of the lectures (and his third in the Mahaiwe space). For more information please go to the LECTURES page, or visit the Mahaiwe Theater website at www.mahaiwe.org.
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In March 2009, the Mahaiwe Theater in Great Barrington, MA, invited Eyerly to join its Artistic Council. As guest lecturer, Eyerly has introduced the Metropolitan Opera "Live in HD" on Saturdays for the Mahaiwe since 2007. He is honored to join the Council.
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In April 2009, the San Francisco-based Opera Parallele invited Eyerly to join its Advisory Board. Directed by Nicole Paiement, the Ensemble is an important force in new music throughout the Bay Area and beyond. Eyerly is honored to join the Board.