America Record Guide has issued a lovely review of Robert Kyr’s Paradiso, calling it “stunning” and “a must-buy if you are interested in the Divine Comedy”. Paradiso was especially commissioned for the sacred music drama “Journeying La Divina Comedia”, with support from the Ann Stookey Fund for New Music. The CD can be viewed in Albany Record’s page, in Amazon.com and YouTube.
Notre Dame Vocale, composed on this occasion of the members and alumni of the Conducting Studio at the University of Notre Dame, performed a multimedia version of Parts III,IV and Closing of Philip Glass’ A Madrigal Opera. The composer was present, in what was a joyous homage by the university to his extraordinary career. The virtuoso violist Luis Enrique Vargas took the extremely demanding obbligato part, joined by dancers Colin Raybin and Kelly Hirina, and the video art by Geoffrey Bell.