…no matter what crackling pain and anger you carry in your fists, my friend, it should break your heart to kill.” – Brian Turner
Solo piano, choir, and orchestra.
Led by new music enthusiast and respected pianist Jeffrey Biegel, a consortium of orchestras is being assembled for an exciting new commission of award-winning young composer Jake Runestad. Combining the musical forces of solo piano, chorus, and orchestra with powerful texts written by Iraq War veteran and award-winning poet Brian Turner, the new work explores a soldier’s emotional response to the experience of war. There are opportunities to become involved in the project as a private donor and a commissioning ensemble. Please contact Jeffrey Biegel or Jake Runestad for more information and to participate in this culturally important and historic project.
Premiere: November 11, 2013.
Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and the Symphony Chorus of New Orleans. National World War II Museum – New Orleans, LA.
Instrumentation: 184.108.40.206 220.127.116.11 Timpani +2 Piano Harp Strings
Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and the Symphony Chorus of New Orleans (New Orleans, LA)
Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus (Dayton, OH)
Rockford Symphony Orchestra and Chorus (Rockford, IL)
Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey (Moorestown, NJ)
Virginia Arts Festival (Norfolk, VA)
Britten: War Requiem
Elgar: Enigma Variations
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 (Eroica)
Copland: Symphony No. 3
Education & Outreach:
Biegel, Runestad, and Turner are interested in participating in pre-concert talks and other educational opportunities involved with the creation of the work and its cultural relevance. Ensembles are encouraged to partner with local museums, schools, and military organizations to promote the work and its inspiration: the men and women of our armed services both past and present.
About the Artists:
Jeffrey Biegel, pianist: www.jeffreybiegel.com
Jake Runestad, composer: www.jakerunestad.com
Brian Turner, poet: http://www.blueflowerarts.com/brian-turner
Participate as a commissioning ensemble:
Help support this important project:
Louis Leibowitz Charitable Foundation (Mr. & Mrs. Marvin Leibowitz)
Dr. Robert M. Schiff
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph P. Wiegand