Notorious RBG in Song | Cedille Records CDR90000178

Notorious RBG in Song

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Label: Cedille Records

Cat No: CDR90000178

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 14th September 2018

Contents

Artists

Patrice Michaels (soprano)
Kuang-Hao Huang (piano)

Works

Fung, Vivian

Pot Roast a la RBG

Garrop, Stacy

My Dearest Ruth

Laitman, Lori

Wider than the Sky

Michaels, Patrice

The Long View: A Portrait of Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 9 Songs

Wang, Derrick

Scalia/Ginsburg
» You are Searching in Vain for a Bright-Line Solution

Artists

Patrice Michaels (soprano)
Kuang-Hao Huang (piano)

About

Soprano Patrice Michaels, 'a formidable interpretative talent' (The New Yorker), and collaborative pianist extraordinaire Kuang-Hao Huang offer Notorious RBG in Song, an album of world-premiere recordings saluting the life and work of legal pioneer Ruth Bader Ginsburg in celebration of her completion of 25 years on the United States Supreme Court. Ginsburg, a longtime crusader for equal rights, has become a pop culture icon known as 'Notorious RBG' (a wry nod to the late rap artist, The Notorious B.I.G.).

Michaels, a vocalist of 'spectacular and diverse gifts' (Journal of Singing) is also a gifted composer. Her nine-song cycle, The Long View, illuminates key aspects of Justice Ginsburg’s personal and professional life through letters, remembrances, conversations, and even Court opinions. The album concludes with songs by American composer Stacy Garrop, winner of many prestigious awards and commissions; JUNO Award-winning Canadian composer Vivian Fung; prolific art-song composer Lori Laitman; and an aria from Derrick Wang’s new comic opera, Scalia/Ginsburg.

American composer Stacy Garrop, recipient of many prestigious awards and commissions, based her deeply moving 'My Dearest Ruth' on the farewell love letter the Justice’s husband, Georgetown University law professor Martin Ginsburg, wrote shortly before his death in 2010. The aria 'You are Searching in Vain for a Bright-Line Solution', from Derrick Wang’s opera Scalia/Ginsburg, which captured widespread media attention, crystallizes Justice Ginsburg’s views on interpreting the U.S. Constitution. JUNO Award-winning Canadian composer Vivian Fung’s humorous 'Pot Roast à la RBG' provides directions for preparing the beef dish, using Justice Ginsburg’s own words as related in the text by daughter Jane Ginsburg. Prolific art-song composer Lori Laitman’s setting of the Emily Dickinson poem 'Wider than the Sky' wasn’t written with Ginsburg in mind, but it was performed at her 80th birthday celebration because it perfectly embodied her intellectual breadth.

Soprano Michaels is a veteran of opera, concert, and recital stages coast to coast and overseas. She has made more than 20 recordings for Cedille, Albany, Amadis, London/Decca, and other classical labels. Her work as a Mozart specialist has been featured on BBC Radio.

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