Celebrating his 40th anniversary season, composer Robert Een will be joined by New York all-star singers and instrumentalists Katie Geissinger, Nick Hallett, Bill Ruyle, Steve Elson and surprise guests in an evening of music for voice, cello, hammer dulcimer, vibraphone, saxophone and percussion. Een and Caldecott-winning author Brian Selznick, reprise a section of Live Oak with Moss in commemoration of the 200th year of the American poet Walt Whitman’s (1819–1892) birth. Een’s solo compositions—which are in fact duets for voice and cello performed by him—lead off a concert of both new and acclaimed works.
Robert Een—voice, cello
Bill Ruyle—hammer dulcimer, vibraphone
Robert Een is an award-winning composer, singer, cellist and teacher. The recipient of an “Obie” for music composition and two New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” for music composition and sustained achievement, his genre-defying music is presented worldwide. He composes for film, theater, dance, and the concert stage and teaches at universities and professional schools around the globe. His unique solos for voice and cello highlight extended techniques while his ensemble music is distinguished by its unusual combination of instruments. Recordings are available at www.roberteen.com