Princeton Symphony Orchestra Premieres New Work by Hometown Composer
Sarah Kirkland Snider didn't start out to be a contemporary classical composer, although music was what she loved as long as she could remember. In this podcast, the Princeton composer tells producer Susan Wallner how she was drawn to composing, the role of popular music in her work, and what it's like to be premiering her newest piece, "Hiraeth," in her hometown. The half-hour piece is dedicated to her father, and is accompanied by a film shot on location in his North Carolina hometown. "Hiraeth" was co-commissioned by the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, which will perform it on May 15, 2016. It's part of the PSO's year-long celebration of women composers. Sarah's song-cycle "Penelope" - called one of the top 5 genre-defying albums of 2010 by NPR - will be performed on May 17 by members of the PSO.