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MY NEW AUTHOR'S SITE, KATHRYNSTRIPLINGBYER.COM, THAT I MYSELF SET UP THROUGH WEEBLY.COM, IS NOW UP. I HAD FUN CREATING THIS SITE AND WOULD RECOMMEND WEEBLY.COM TO ANYONE INTERESTED IN SETTING UP A WEBSITE. I INVITE YOU TO VISIT MY NEW SITE TO KEEP UP WITH EVENTS RELATED TO MY NEW BOOK.


MY NC POET LAUREATE BLOG, MY LAUREATE'S LASSO, WILL REMAIN UP AS AN ARCHIVE OF NC POETS, GRADES K-INFINITY! I INVITE YOU TO VISIT WHEN YOU FEEL THE NEED TO READ SOME GOOD POEMS.

VISIT MY NEW BLOG, MOUNTAIN WOMAN, WHERE YOU WILL FIND UPDATES ON WHAT'S HAPPENING IN MY KITCHEN, IN THE ENVIRONMENT, IN MY IMAGINATION, IN MY GARDEN, AND AMONG MY MOUNTAIN WOMEN FRIENDS.




Saturday, October 4, 2008

Off to Hungary!

On Tuesday I head to Hungary for the European premiere of Harold Shiffman's wonderful Alma Cantata that is based on poems from WILDWOOD FLOWER. The American Premiere took place at FSU in 2006; these photos are from that event. Harold's website, haroldschffman-composer.com, will give you a definitive glimpse into this important composer's life and work. I will return on October 22.



(Harold and I discuss our collaboration before the premiere of "Alma.")



Onstage after the performance with mezzo-soprano Nadine Cheek Whitney and Harold Schiffman)



(At the reception afterward with Nadine, Harold, and conductor Alexander Jimenez. )


From Harold's website:
Coinciding with his 80th birth year, Harold Schiffman's cantata Alma (2002) will receive, in Győr, Hungary, its European première in a performance by the Győr Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hungarian National Chorus, Mátyás Antal (for whom the work was written) conducting. The première is scheduled as part of the orchestra's regular subscription series. Mátyás Antal's recording of Alma (North/South Recordings), released in 2004, has drawn high critical praise.

The concert will take place the evening of Thursday, 16 October 2008 in Győr's János Richter Hall.



Streets in the center of the old city of Győr,* which
are but a short walk from the János Richter Hall.
Győr, Hungary (16 September 2007)
Photograph by Szidónia Juhász

7 comments:

Vicki Lane said...

This is so cool! Have a great trip!

Glenda C. Beall said...

I think this is fantastic, Kay. How exciting to have your poetry honored in such a delightful way. Your work deserves it!
I look forward to hearing about your trip.
Glenda

Susan M. Bell said...

Mazal Tov! Have a safe and happy trip. (And don't forget to take lots of photos for the blog.) ;-}

Jane said...

Have a great trip! I think I'll read Wildwood Flower again to celebrate. Well deserved, Kay.

Kathryn Stripling Byer said...

Thank you all for your bon voyage wishes!

K.

James Hogan said...

Godspeed and safe travels!

Nancy Simpson said...

Kay, What an honor! Congratulations.
I'm thinking of you and hoping you have
a joyful time celebrating this accomplishment.
It is another link on your poetry chain.

Nancy Simpson