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February 28, 2013

Frank J. Oteri Receives World Premieres at Tenri Cultural Institute

From l-r: ASCAP's Michael Spudic, composer Frank J. Oteri, pianist Trudy Chan, vocalist Phillip Cheah and ASCAP's Cia Toscanini
Photo by Zachary Cummings

Two compositions by award-winning composer and music journalist Frank J. Oteri received world premieres on the evening of Saturday, February 23rd, 2013 at the Tenri Cultural Institute (43A West 13th Street, New York, New York). The two works – “Versions of the Truth” (2012) and “Setting the World at Five and Seven” (2008) – were performed by baritone/male soprano Phillip Cheah and pianist Trudy Chan. “Versions of the Truth,” a song cycle based on twelve poems by Stephen Crane (1871-1900), was commissioned by The ASCAP Foundation’s Charles Kingsford Fund and was written expressly for Cheah and Chan. The second piece – “Setting the World at Five and Seven” – was performed by Chan.

The evening’s program also included the first complete public performance of Oteri’s “The Nurturing River” (1982), a song cycle that was also performed by Cheah and Chan, based on 14 sonnets by James R. Murphy; and “Palindrome” (1984) for piano, performed by Cheah.

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