• Rebekah Griffin Greene’s work with I Cantori

    Rebekah Griffin Greene’s work to be performed  at I Cantori di Carmel Concert
    Rebekah Griffin Greene is a musician and composer based in New York, and an alumna of Monterey Peninsula schools and music programs. Her work for chorus, “Psalm 21,” will have its performance premiere with I Cantori di Carmel, at the chorale’s spring concert on May 2 and 3.

    Griffin Greene’s composition will share the program with works by Brahms, Mendelssohn, and William Zeitler, whose “Song of Amergin” Celtic cycle headlines the event.
    “Psalm 21” is an a cappella work based on the beloved psalm that begins “I lift my eyes unto the hills / From whence cometh my help.” Griffin Greene’s work is imbued with intense harmonic color, which shifts consonant and dissonant harmonies through ever changing dynamic levels, flowing to a prayerful conclusion. The work embodies Griffin Greene’s love of Baroque word painting, bringing forth a text into rich, textured melodic layers. She strives to achieve a religious experience, reflecting, as in this Psalm, an expression of humankind’s love of God and a return of that love from the Creator.
    Griffin Greene continues to compose as she works toward completing her doctorate degree in bass at Stony Brook College of State University of New York. Besides choral music, Griffin Greene has also written works for the bass, various chamber music groupings, and orchestra. Along with mastery of the double bass, she plays cello, piano, and French horn. Her extensive experience includes concerto performances and playing with the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra, USC Thornton Symphony, USC Thornton Opera, and Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra. She has also taught music at New York city schools to children, youth and adults.
    She is currently creating music for an album soundtrack based on the written works of Thomas Greanias. The pieces will be informed by her devotion to a synergy of the arts-music, words, images-that celebrates nature, and invites the listener to be borne into different worlds on the wings of sound.
    Griffin Greene credits her success to the solid foundation of music education she received with local teachers in the Monterey area. She considers the peninsula a treasure house of musical talent and opportunities for learning and performing with world class musicians.
    I Cantori di Carmel 2009 Spring Concert:  Song of Amergin will be performed twice:  Saturday, May 2 at 8:00 p.m.  in the Carmel Mission Basilica and Sunday, May 3 at 3:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Pacific Grove.
    General admission for both performances is $24. On Saturday evening reserved seating (the first eight rows) is available for $30.
    Tickets can be purchased at Bookmark and The Works in Pacific Grove, Pilgrim’s Way Books in Carmel, and The Book Haven in Monterey. They are also available by ordering online, or at the door. For more information, go to www.icantori.org or call (831) 644-8012.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on April 24, 2009

    Topics: Current Edition, Front PG News, Arts & Music


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