Andrew Waggoner, a professor of composition in the Setnor School of Music, recently heard the premiere of his new double string quartet, Ce morceau de tissu (This Piece of Cloth), performed by a string octet made up of the past and present members of the Lark Quartet in New York at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall. The piece, inspired by the writings of Muslim feminist scholar Fatima Mernissi, was part of a program celebrating the Lark 30th anniversary and was commissioned by the Lark and the American Composers Forum.
Earlier in the season, Waggoner’s Concerto for Piano was premiered in Seattle by pianist Gloria Cheng and the Seattle Modern Orchestra, conducted by Julia Tai. His three recent concertos for piano, violin, and guitar will be recorded next May in Seattle for Bridge Records, with soloists Cheng, Michael Lim, and Setnor faculty member Kenneth Meyer.
Next season will also see the second performance of Waggoner’s Ce Morceau…, with the Lark at the Schubert Club in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Waggoner is currently at work on a set of songs for mezzo-soprano Rachel Calloway on texts of W.E.B. DuBois, Langston Hughes, Contee Cullen. Herman Melville, and others dealing with race, violence, anger, and the hope for hope.