I am quite touched by a recent request from wonderful New York pianist, Thomas Bagwell, to write a song for the 20th Anniversary of the Aids Quilt Songbook concert. I’m really excited to participate in this amazing project. The concert will be held in New York in June, 2012.
About Thomas Bagwell:
Called by Marilyn Horne “a pioneer for his age,” Thomas Bagwell is well-known as a pianist in song recital and chamber music. His appearances as a collaborative pianist have taken him to such venues as New York’s Carnegie Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Musikverein, the Concertgebouw, and numerous halls across the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and Japan. Thomas Bagwell’s activities as a coach and teacher have led to invitations to give master classes for colleges and apprentice programs in opera companies. He was an assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera for nine seasons, and has served in the same capacity for many seasons at the Washington National Opera, the Santa Fe Opera and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.
“The AIDS Quilt Songbook was a musical response to the confusion and shame surrounding the outbreak of HIV and was one of the first art song publications to deal solely with the topic of HIV and AIDS.”