Forgotten Voices - A Song Cycle for Voices and Strings Kelly Hall-Tompkins

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Label: AVIE Records

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Vocal

Artist: Kelly Hall-Tompkins

Composer: Angélica Negrón, Beata Moon, Carlos Simon, Courtney Bryan, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich (1939), Errollyn Wallen (1958), Gabriel Kahane, James Lee III (1975), Jeffrey Scott, Jon Grier, Kamala Sankaram (b. 1978), Kelly Hall-Tompkins

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  • Steve Sandberg: Thank You:
  • 1Sandberg: Thank You04:21
  • Jeffrey Scott: Für meinen Vater:
  • 2Scott: Für meinen Vater06:18
  • Errollyn Wallen (b. 1958): My Soul:
  • 3Wallen: My Soul03:27
  • Jon Jeffrey Grier: Save It in My Jewelry Box:
  • 4Grier: Save It in My Jewelry Box04:16
  • Ellen Taaffe Zwilich (b. 1939): Music Kitchen Interplay:
  • 5Zwilich: Music Kitchen Interplay04:24
  • Courtney Bryan: You Made My Day:
  • 6Bryan: You Made My Day03:29
  • Kelly Hall-Tompkins: Gretchen’s Threads:
  • 7Hall-Tompkins: Gretchen’s Threads02:30
  • James Lee III (b. 1975): From My Heart:
  • 8III: From My Heart05:32
  • Kevin Puts (b. 1972): Bad Ass:
  • 9Puts: Bad Ass01:49
  • Kamala Sankaram (b. 1978): Hooking:
  • 10Sankaram: Hooking03:51
  • Gabriel Kahane (b. 1981): All Is Quiet:
  • 11Kahane: All Is Quiet03:29
  • Carlos Simon (b. 1986): A Wonderful Hearing:
  • 12Simon: A Wonderful Hearing04:06
  • Angélica Negrón (b. 1981): These Strings:
  • 13Negrón: These Strings03:16
  • Beata Moon (b. 1969): At Peace:
  • 14Moon: At Peace03:05
  • Paul Moravec (b. 1957): Music Is Love:
  • 15Moravec: Music Is Love03:09
  • Music Is Love (tutti reprise):
  • 16Moravec: Music Is Love (tutti reprise)04:06
  • Total Runtime01:01:08

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Multi-award-winning violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins is the entrepreneurial spirit behind Music Kitchen, the pioneering project that brings top classical music and musicians into homeless shelters, sharing the inspirational, therapeutic, and uplifting power of music with those experiencing homelessness. Founded in New York City, Music Kitchen has presented over 100 concerts to more than 30,000 homeless shelter clients coast to coast, including in Los Angeles, Cincinnati, Oakland, Rochester, and internationally in Paris, France. According to the New York Times, “The concerts have an air of authenticity and directness that sometimes does not exist in concert halls.”

Forgotten Voices is a song cycle commissioned by Music Kitchen – Food for the Soul, with support from Carnegie Hall, comprising works by 15 of today’s foremost composers featuring evocative and poignant texts by homeless shelter clients that have provided a profound source of inspiration and reverence.

Forgotten Voices premiered to a sold-out Carnegie Hall audience in March 2022 and inspired a short film that has won multiple awards at festivals around the globe, including Winner: Best Cause-Driven Film and Finalist: Best Director and Best Documentary at the Cannes World Film Festival, Winner: Best Short Film at the Los Angeles Documentary Film Festival, and Winner: Best Short Documentary at the Berlin Indie Film Festival.

Allison Charney, soprano (2, 4, 7, 8, 14, 16)
Adrienne Danrich, soprano (3, 6, 10, 12, 15, 16)
Jesse Blumberg, baritone (1, 9, 11, 13, 16)
Mark Risinger, bass (5, 16)
Kelly Hall-Tompkins, violin
Ling Ling Huang, violin (1-4, 8-13, 15, 16)
Andrew Gonzalez, viola (1-4, 8-16)
Peter Seidenberg, cello (1-4, 6, 16)
Alexis Gerlach, cello (7-16)
John-Paul Norpoth, double bass (2, 9, 13, 16)

Kelly Hall-Tompkins
is the winner of a Naumburg International Violin Competition Honorarium Prize, a Concert Artists Guild Career Grant, a Sphinx Medal of Excellence, and is featured in the Smithsonian Museum for African-American History. She is a trailblazing and innovative violin soloist entrepreneur who has been acclaimed by the New York Times as ‘the versatile violinist who makes the music come alive,’ for her ‘tonal mastery’ (BBC Music Magazine) and as New York Times ‘New Yorker of the Year.’ She has appeared as co-soloist at Carnegie Hall with Glenn Dicterow under Leonard Slatkin, at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London with Michael Morgan, at Lincoln Center, as the Inaugural Artist in Residence and soloist with the Cincinnati Symphony, and with the Symphonies of Baltimore, Dallas, Jacksonville, Oakland and Greensboro. She has played at recitals in Paris, New York, Toronto, Washington, Chicago, at Tanglewood, Ravinia, Santa Fe and Gateways, and in France, Germany and Italy. At home with genres beyond classical music, she was the first soloist to perform the Wynton Marsalis Violin Concerto after the original dedicatée and toured for 5 years with Mark O’Connor. She was ‘Fiddler’/violin soloist in the Grammy/Tony-nominated Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof, which inspired her to commission and develop the first-ever Fiddler solo disc of all new arrangements, The Fiddler Expanding Tradition, which is featured alongside her recital in Kiev, Ukraine in the documentary Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles on the 55-year history of the musical. Ms. Hall-Tompkins’ Imagination Project was called ‘groundbreaking’ by Strings Magazine and has received over one million views on YouTube. Performing online throughout the pandemic, her numerous projects include premiering 4 pieces written for her; creating and being invited to unique collaborations, including a new co-composition with Tony-nominated actor Daniel J. Watts, Echo: Shostakovich in Catharsis with aerial dancer Alexandra Peter and Frisson Films; Gil Shaham’s Gilharmonic, and with WQXR as part of the inaugural Artist Propulsion Lab. As founder of Music Kitchen, Kelly Hall-Tompkins is a pioneer of social justice in classical music, bringing top artists in over 100 concerts in homeless shelters coast to coast from New York to Los Angeles, and internationally in Paris, France. Ms. Hall-Tompkins is on the faculty of the Manhattan

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