Matthew Aucoin leads a performance of "The Orphic Moment" – his dramatic cantata for voice, violin, and chamber ensemble – at the Music Academy of the West. The July 6, 2017 performance features countertenor Wee Kiat Chia, violinist Keir GoGwilt, and fellows from the Music Academy.
From Matthew Aucoin's site:
The Orpheus myth is typically understood as a tragedy of human impatience: even when a loved one’s life is at stake, the best, most heroic intentions are helpless to resist a sudden instinctive impulse. But that’s not my understanding of the story [...] might this backwards glance be a conscious gesture? Might Eurydice’s second death be not an accident but a kind of murder? Or, if Orpheus does look back out of a sudden impulse, might that impulse be the aesthetic one, the seductive and amoral tendency to value art above one’s fellow human beings?
Matthew Aucoin has been named a 2018 MacArthur Fellow. Selected for his “extraordinary originality and dedication in his creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction,” the composer, conductor, writer, and pianist is a recipient of this year’s “genius grant.”