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New music series highlights works by composer Tarik O' Regan

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The Washington Chorus will present the music of British composer Tarik O' Regan in concert May 8, 7:30 p.m. at the Church Epiphany. This concert marks another installment of its award winning series "New Music for A New Age." Past composers on the series have included Trevor Weston, Elena Ruehr and Nico Muhly.

Regan's work has attracted the favorable attention of the press: “One of the leading British composers of his generation” recently stated in Gramophone Magazine.

Born in London, but spending part of his life Morocco and Algiers, the composer now divides his time between New York City and Cambridge, England. His recent projects include Suite from Heart of Darkness for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, a third solo album on the Harmonia Mundi label, Acallam na Senorach; and the premiere of this first opera Heart of Darkness at the Royal Opera House, London. Currently he is working on a full-length ballet, commissioned by the Dutch National Ballet; and a large-scale new work for the Halle Orchestra, Sydney Dance Company, and SOUK at the Royal Concertgebouw. His new chamber opera, The Wanton Sublime, commissioned by American Opera Projects, will receive its semi-staged premiere at Roulette in Brooklyn on April 22. His music will also be featured at The Vale of Glamorgan Festival May 8-17. Available on over 25 albums, his music has garnered two Grammy® nominations, including Best Classical Album, and two British Composer Awards. A new BBC Documentary series In Their Own Words: 20th Century Composers beginning March 14, features Tarik O’Regan using the BBC archives to ‘reawaken the voices of 20th-century classical composers.”

Music director Julian Wachner will lead The Washington Chorus joined by a chamber ensemble from NOVUS NY and vocal soloists: sopranos Sarah Brailey, Linda Lee Jones, tenors Owen McIntosh, Tim Hodges, baritone Thomas McCargar and bass Steve Hrycelak. Other soloists are to be announced. The program will include O’Regan’s "Scattered Rhymes," " The Ecstasies Above," "Had I Not Seen the Sun" and "I Had No Time to Hate."

The New Music for a New Age series, began in 2009 to reinforce TWC’s commitment to the support of new music and was awarded the 2011 ASCAP Alice Parker Award.

This performance is made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. The concert begins at 7:30 pm and will be held at the Church of the Epiphany located at 1317 G St. NW, Washington, DC. All tickets for this concert are $25 and can be purchased by calling The Washington Chorus box office at 202-342-6221 or click here.

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