In Monday’s (8/17) San Jose Mercury News (California), Richard Scheinin reviews the closing program of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. Ingram Marshall’s Kingdom Come was “one of four pieces, each by a living American composer, that made up this thoughtfully designed program, expertly performed by the festival orchestra and conductor Marin Alsop. In her role as festival music director, Alsop selected compositions by four deft orchestrators: Marshall, George Tsontakis, Kevin Puts and Aaron Jay Kernis. … ‘Kingdom Come’ was composed by Marshall in 1996 in response to the violent death of his brother-in-law in Bosnia the year before.” The program opened with George Tsontakis’s Clair de Lune, and featured the West Coast premieres of Kevin Puts’s Two Mountain Scenes and Aaron Jay Kernis’s Invisible Mosaic III, “the last of a triptych inspired by the composer’s visits to the churches of Ravenna, Italy, where he was blown away by the famous Byzantine mosaics. They are riots of color, and so is his piece.” The Cabrillo Festival ran from August 2-August 16.

Posted August 18, 2009