Notes & Reviews:
Healing Ceremony is intended for a very broad audience. Its purpose is to provide a listening experience that will inspire balance and calm. Music's powerful influence on the human body is being acknowledged in scientific studies all over the world. Healing Ceremony combines indigenous rituals and the beauty of music to induce a state of tranquility and equilibrium, creating receptiveness to healing.
Healing Ceremony was composed by Marc Neikrug for Dr. Cheryl Willman, chair and president of the The University of New Mexico's Cancer Center, on the occasion of the dedication of their new facility in 2010. Its purpose is to provide an experience to help people faced with serious health issues find balance and calm. Music's powerful influence on the human body is being acknowledged in scientific studies all over the world. Healing Ceremony combines indigenous rituals from the Native American culture with the beauty of music to induce a state of tranquility and equilibrium, creating receptiveness to healing.
Marc Neikrug is a unique and multi-faceted artist. While he is primarily a composer, he has also been active as a pianist, conductor, director of festivals, and is the Artistic Director of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. Neikrug's compositions have been commissioned and performed by major festivals, orchestras and opera houses worldwide with notable recent premieres by the New York Philharmonic including the March 2008 debut of his Symphony No. 2 "Quintessence" and April 2012's Concerto for Orchestra, both with Maestro Alan Gilbert. Upcoming commissions with the New York Philharmonic include January 2014's premiere of "Passions Reflected", a solo piano work to be played by Yefim Bronfman in their CONTACT series, and his Concerto for Mezzo and Orchestra (with Susan Graham) in February 2015. Other new commissions include premieres with the Boston Symphony, Chamber Music Northwest, Savannah Music Festival, Milwaukee Symphony, among others.
Internationally acclaimed Susan Graham - dubbed "America's favorite mezzo" by Gramophone Magazine - rose to the top league of international artists within just a few years of her professional debut, and along the way has mastered an astonishing range of repertoire and formats.
Hailed by the Dallas Morning News for his "dashing, fine bright baritone" and the New York Times for a voice that is "fully powered and persuasively expressive," Matthew Worth was recently the featured "Sound Bites" artist in Opera News, and is enjoying successes on both the operatic and concert stages, in all styles from the Renaissance to new repertoire.Notes & Reviews:
Recording information: Popejoy Hall, Albuquerque, NM (06/2009).
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Works DetailsNeikrug, Marc [Piano] : Healing Ceremony, for voices & orchestra
- Performers: Susan Graham (Mezzo-soprano); Matthew Worth (Baritone)
- Conductor: Guillermo Figueroa
- Running Time: 37 min. 4 sec.
- Period Time: Contemporary