Bruce MacCombie's Color and Time receives Washington D.C. Premiere

On April 5th, Bruce MacCombie's Color and Time receives its Washington D.C. area premiere by the 21st Century Consort as part of an exhibition entitled Color as Field at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Color and Time, a set of four unaccompanied choral pieces, was commissioned by the Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst upon the awarding of an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree to the composer. The premiere of this work took place in Amherst in 1988 with subsequent performances including concerts in London by the BBC Singers, and New York with the New York Concert Singers. The texts were selected from a group of poems by Thomas E. Bezanson, son of Philip Bezanson, Bruce MacCombie's composition teacher at the University of Massachusetts.

In 1979, MacCombie was awarded one of the first Goddard Lieberson Fellowships by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The academy noted that "Mr. MacCombie composes polished gems of musical understatement. Characterized by a fresh and penetrating wit, they sparkle and yet are clothed in mystery." His works have been commissioned by organizations such as the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Seattle Symphony, the 20th Century Consort, the Jerome Foundation, and the International Guitar Foundation. MacCombie's music has been performed at Carnegie Hall, the Seattle Opera House, the Kennedy Center, the Warsaw Autumn Festival, the Hong Kong Arts Festival, Alice Tully Hall, the Hirshhorn Museum, and the Royal Academy of Music.

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Bruce MacCombie
Color and Time (1990)
for SATB chorus a cappella



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