Thoughts from the Composer: Nicholas Ascioti
As a composer, I take a great deal of care and pride in the performance of my music. Having an accomplished, professional ensemble perform my work is a great experience. To know that the music is well prepared and thoughtfully performed is a blessing. I have the opportunity to have my latest choral work, Sacred Victim, premiered by the Aoede Consort. I am asking for your support in order to have my work premiered and recorded-live by the Aoede Consort. The goal of $3000.00 will cover the cost of the ensemble to travel, perform, and record. We thank you for your support. For more information please visit: www.naamusic.com
The concert is set for Saturday, Feb. 16th at 7:00PM at St. Jude the Apsotle Church in Wynantskill, NY. In addition to my piece the Aoede Consort will also be performing sacred works from the Renaissance.
Thoughts from the Writer: Richard Hibbert
Sacred Victim is both an interpretation of the servant songs found in the prophecy ofIsaiahand a prayerful meditation on those texts. The challenge in writing these texts was to approach very familiar passages with new eyes, new ears, and a heart open to new understanding. Isaiah’s vision was a powerful new sense of God’s Word and promise. A poet seeking to re-imagine that vision must, first of all, listen for the Spirit’s Voice speaking an old word in a new way. In addition, as a Christian pastor, those Isaiah texts have significance for me in their application to Jesus. So that this work might have a broader appeal, it was necessary to avoid making that connection explicit, while not denying my faith understanding. My hope is that listeners will be drawn to the prophet and to the promise that Sacred Victim embodies.
At the heart of Sacred Victim is the belief of Biblical people that they have are in a unique position relative to their God.. The sacred writings of the Hebrew people reflect a relationship between the Creator and the people that is a work in progress. God continues to call the human beings into Covenant, while they struggle to be faithful and to find their way. Yet God’s sacred gift is a faithfulness that will not let go until all Creation is made whole. Some of the divine witnesses to that promise of grace give all that they are to proclaim God’s call and promise. The Servant described in Isaiah’s prophecy becomes victim to the human recalcitrance and hostility to God’s Word, but ultimately his victimhood is transformed into healing, wholeness and reconciliation, made Sacred by a God who will not let go.
Risks and challenges
As a composer of new music it is a challenge to get music programmed. Conductors like Dan Foster are proponents of new music and are actively looking for new music to program. When the opportunity comes along for a performance I work very hard to make it happen.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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