“Oceanic Verses” from Paola Prestini, Top Crowdsourced Composer at Mass MoCA [Berkshire on Stage]

Composer Paola Prestini in Lecce at Sound Res. (photo by Erika Harrsch)
Composer Paola Prestini in Lecce at Sound Res. (photo by Erika Harrsch)

Paola Prestini is a fast rising composer according to a Crowdsourced survey. And Mass MoCA has her new work Oceanic Verses locked in for a full performances this May 16th.

In the survey, conducted by Q2 and NPR Music, they looked for those pieces which were shaping our contemporary musical scene and defining what it means to be a composer in the 21st century. On Facebook, Twitter and the aggregating pages on Q2 and NPR Music, almost 800 suggestions arrived. With much debate and awareness of such a list’s limitations, they narrowed the field down to 100 composers, and along with such familiar names as Nico Muhly, Sarah Kirkland Snider and Tyondai Braxton, there was the incomparable Paola Presstini

This season, we’re completing my opera, Oceanic Verses in several different residency programs: the Hermitage Residency, Sound Res (in Italy), the LMCC Governors Island Intensive Residency, culminating our work at MASS MoCA. Oceanic Verses will culminate in performances at the Kennedy Center with the Washington Chorus & Novus NY conducted by Julian Wachner and then in NY on the River to River festival with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus joining during summer 2012. – Paola Presstini

So we are lucky here in the Berkshires to get a first glimpse and earful of this creation as Mass MoCA presents a work-in-progress showing on Friday, May 18, 2012, at 8 PM in the Hunter Center.

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