Louisa May Alcott's Words Come to Life in Music

Feb 24, 2015

“Startlingly beautiful” and “undeniably well crafted and communicative.” That's how the Miami Herald describes the music of Steve Danyew.

Louisa May Alcott's poetry is part of a lecture-performance at the University of Louisiana at Monroe
Credit George Healy

Three faculty of the University of Louisiana at Monroe will give a unique performance and presentation on the poetry of noted American writer Louisa May Alcott, featuring music by Danyew.

The music and poetry come together this Sunday, March 1st at 3 p.m., when Dr. Claire Vangelisti, Dr. Jason Rinehart, and Dr. Donna Rhorer present a lecture-recital in the Emy-Lou Biedenharn Recital Hall at ULM. The performance will conclude with a performance of a work that Dr. Vangelisti and Dr. Rinehart commissioned from composer Steve Danyew.

Danyew (b. 1983) is the recipient of numerous national and international awards, including prizes from organizations including BMI, ASCAP, CBDNA, and more.

Rochester, NY-based composer Steve Danyew's work will be performed Sunday, March 1 at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
Credit Nicholas Garofalo

Danyew received a B.M. cum laude, Pi Kappa Lambda from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami and holds an M.M. in Composition and Certificate in Arts Leadership from the Eastman School of Music. Additionally, he has served as a Composer Fellow at the Yale Summer Music School with Martin Bresnick, and as a Composer Fellow at the Composers Conference in Wellesley, MA with Mario Davidovsky. 

Ensemble members include Mallory Sanchez, flute; Caitlin McKeighen, oboe; Dr. Scot Humes and Lawrence Gibbs, clarinet;  Dan Phillips and Jonathan Mercer, bassoon; Mike Manning, bass clarinet; Dr. Charles Morgan, string bass.

Dr. Claire Vangelisti will be the soprano soloist and Dr. Jason Rinehart will be conducting.  Dr. Donna Rhorer will serve as lecturer.

The lecture-recital is free and open to the public.