Premieres, Shakespeare and Vine, plus a 30 Rock Fuge

David Johnston

2011 Composer-in-Residence Raphael Fusco


On Tuesday night at Turtle Bay Music School, Raphael Fusco presented songs and premieres as the culmination of his Con Edison Musicians’ Residency.  Raphael, a gifted pianist, composer and improviser, presented a lively program of settings of Shakespeare sonnets, Rabindranath Tagore poems, and a playful suite set to poetry by Ryan Vine. (I’d never heard of Vine’s poetry, but it’s brisk and surprising – check it out here.)

Raphael was joined by baritone Drew Santini in the lush, romantic Tagore love songs, Danilo Bonina on violin, Ben Ringer on clarinet, soprano Katharine Dain for the Vine settings, and Sasha Gee Enegren on bassoon.  For his finale, Raphael presented the world premiere of his award-winning Nouveaux Pieces de Clavecin, with its crowd-pleasing “Fuge” set on the hip theme of “30 Rock.”



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