About this project
On June 27th 2012, the Manhattan Contemporary Chamber Ensemble led by Richard Auldon Clark premiered Mark Twain's "War Prayer" in a setting by Mr. Clark for tenor and string quartet, with the outstanding tenor Michael Slattery. In attendance that evening, was Allan Kozinn of the New York Times, who wrote, "In Mr. Clark’s version a solo tenor — the fine Michael Slattery — moves smoothly from graceful melody to recitative, from speech to commanding drama, as the spirit of the Twain text evolves. Mr. Slattery projected that spirit vividly, and Mr. Clark’s lightly dissonant, expressive quartet writing amplified it."
To read the entire review please follow this link: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/29/arts/music/manhattan-chamber-orchestra-at-symphony-space.html
The Manhattan Contemporary Chamber Ensemble (formerly known as the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra) has performed hundreds of world premiere compositions and recorded dozens of albums of mostly American composers. In 2012, Richard Auldon Clark released a new album of original compositions entitled "Trail of Tears".
Samples of this album can be heard on Amazon, ITunes, or CD baby. Or by clicking here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/trail-of-tears/id537620743
Mark Twain's "War Prayer" is not only a powerful anti-war statement, but also a stark warning of the ill-conceived effects of patriotism, nationalism, and religion gone awry. The text inspired Mr. Clark's setting for tenor and string quartet in the story of a pastor and a stranger who interpret or misinterpret the word of God in time of war. Twain was so worried about the negative reaction of his literary public, that he forbid the story to be published until after his death. Many readers who are avid fans of Mark Twain remain unaware of this biting satire and horrific text.
The complete text may be read here: http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig/twain1.html
Richard Auldon Clark, a pacifist and an anti-war advocate finds this the most original and inspiring of all of Mark Twain's writings. Our hope is to release this CD in January 2014. All of Mr. Clark's previous works have received National Public Radio broadcast and had been reviewed in the New York Times, American Record Guide, Fanfare, and dozens of other periodicals.
Please help us to bring this powerful work to international attention and to highlight the outstanding artistry of the instrumentalists of the Manhattan Contemporary Chamber Ensemble and of tenor Michael Slattery.
Michael Slattery's most recent album of Downland songs has made the Top Ten CD List published by opera news.
We anticipate the recording aspect of this project to be completed in spring 2013, with editing and post production to occur in summer 2013, printing and marketing to take place in fall 2013 with the CD being released in January 2014.
This project cannot happen without your generous support and the amazing dedication and invaluable contributions of the artists involved. For additional information or to answer any questions you may have please feel free to contact us at email@example.com.
Risks and challenges
The marketing and distribution of contemporary chamber music can be an enormous challenge to not-for-profit organizations. However, our chamber ensemble has had an enormous success in print media and all CD websites most notably Amazon, iTunes, and CD baby. Fortunately, the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra has received an incredible amount of broadcast time on National Public Radio and there is no reason why this should not continue. Future performances will also allow for publicity and exposure of the new work and CD. In addition to performances in New York City at Symphony Space and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the work will also be performed at the Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival and at Butler University, Indianapolis, IN. If there is additional funding, it will be used to publicize and distribute the CD, as well as offset the expenses related to artwork, editing and duplication. With our history of dozens of CDs of American music- we promise to overcome all the challenges and produce a wonderful album. Thank you again for your consideration.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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