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Virko Baley: Music for Emily Dickinson

August 31 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

This is a concert to celebrate the release of Ukrainian-American composer Virko Baley’s new work, Music for Emily Dickinson. Virko Baley was born in Ukraine in 1938 and came to the USA as a refugee in 1949, eventually making his home in Las Vegas.

He has long been fascinated by the poetry of Emily Dickinson, as can be heard in the two moving works recorded here โ€“ one an orchestral song-cycle setting her texts, the other a suite for violin and piano inspired by those settings. They display an acute ear for orchestral colour, a fondness for dramatic gesture and a strong sense of lyricism, occasionally inflected by distant echoes of Baleyโ€™s eastern European origins, the richness of the song- cycle placing him downstream from Mahler and Berg and the restraint of the Songs without Words occasionally evoking Arvo Pรคrt.