Newspaper Blackout Poems in Summary
Access Contemporary Music’s Newspaper Blackout Poems concert truly showcased unique approaches to text setting. I was in Chicago for four days with the group and witnessed everything from efficient rehearsals, last minute venue changes, and a terrific concert. Seth Boustead and the rest of the ACM crew commanded the challenges of a new music concert, including snow on a Monday night, to produce a unique and highly attended concert.
In addition to the professionalism when dealing with unexpected challenges, the performances in every song were of the highest caliber. The singers gave each piece their full attention and commitment, which was most certainly conveyed to the audience that night. This level of excellence was noticed by the Chicago Classical Review, which is one of the biggest names in the classical scene.
Music critic Wynne Delacoma speaks very highly of the performance in general as well as getting into some brief specifics with certain pieces. I had the fortune of being one of the pieces given individual attention and here is an excerpt of comments made about my piece:
…Manchester’s On Top of Wheat Silos, the three singers’ voices blended with the touching fragility and clarity of medieval chant.
It was an honor to be featured along side so many strong works and to interact with excellent performers. It was a humbling experience as well and I have only gratitude to Seth Boustead and ACM for being so committed to promoting the music of living composers. The full article can be read here.