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Four Poems for Robin
for Soprano and Viola

  1. Siwashing it out once in Siuslaw Forest
  2. A spring night in Shokoku-ji
  3. An autumn morning in Shokoku-ji
  4. December at Yase
Gary Snyder, poetry
Andrea Reinkemeyer, music (Eugene, Oregon - 1999, rev. 2006)
Commissioned by and dedicated to Kathryn Hallor, soprano

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Program Notes:
Download a PDF of the Program Notes and Andrea's Bio

Four Poems for Robin (1999) for Soprano and Viola was commissioned by, and is dedicated to, soprano Kathryn Hallor who premiered the work with violist Franklin Alvarez on 1 May, 1999 in Beall Concert Hall, University of Oregon School of Music and Dance (Eugene, Oregon).

Gary Snyder's beautiful poems, chosen by Ms. Hallor, weave together memory, lore and landscape; they are full of musings about young love lost, but they also explore how distance -- physical, temporal and emotional -- can distort our perception of an earlier time. As the poems progress, the language hardens, eventually leading to a realization that despite his efforts, he cannot regain the past. These pieces were written during a point of transition in my own life that was full of regret, natsugashi, and excitement about beginning anew.

Four Poems for Robin by Gary Snyder, from BACK COUNTRY, copyright © 1968 by Gary Snyder. Used by permission of New Directions Publishing Corp.

More about the text:

  • Siuslaw Forest is located on the Oregon coast, to the west of Eugene
  • Siwashing is camping with light equipment
  • Shokoku-ji is a 14th century Zen monastery in Kyoto, Japan; Yase is northeast of Kyoto.
  • The story of Yugao is found in an ancient Japanese manuscript about Genji monogatori; she died suddenly during her affair with the Prince Genji who grieved her death.
  • The Pleiades are a group of stars that are found in the Taurus Constellation.

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Performances:

Premiere Performance:

Saturday, May 1, 1999 - 3:00 p.m.
Senior Composition Recital (notes)
Beall Concert Hall, School of Music
The University of Oregon (Eugene, Oregon)
Photos
Kathryn Hallor, soprano
Franklin Alvarez, viola

University of Oregon School of Music Graduation Ceremony:

Saturday, June 12, 1999 - 12:30 p.m.
I. Siwashing it out once in Siuslaw Forest
II. A Spring night in Shokoku-ji

Beall Concert Hall, School of Music
The University of Oregon (Eugene, Oregon)
Kathryn Hallor, soprano
Franklin Alvarez, viola

BGSU Faculty Artist's Series: Faculty Composers' Forum (Program)

Wednesday, February 1, 2006 - 8:00 p.m.
Bryan Recital Hall, College of Musical Arts
Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, Ohio)
Mary Bonhag, soprano
Alexis Bacon, viola

This performance was funded in part by the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music
at the College of Musical Arts of Bowling Green State University.

Women Composers' Concert:

Monday, February 13, 2006 - 7:30 p.m.
Sara M. Snell Theater
Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam
I. Siwashing it out once in Siuslaw Forest
III. An autumn morning in Shokoku-ji
Laura Osgood, soprano
Brenda Schmidt, viola

Chamber Music Competition Winners' Concert:

Sunday, April 9, 2006 - 7:30 p.m.
Hosmer Theater
Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam
Laura Osgood, soprano
Brenda Schmidt, viola

A Multi-media Collaborative Evening of Music, Dance, and Digital Video:

Friday, January 23 and Saturday, January 24, 2009 - 7:30 p.m. (poster)
University Black Box Theater, Satterlee Hall
Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam
44 Pierrepont Ave.
Potsdam, NY
Jill Pearon, soprano
Shelly Tramposh, viola
Robin Collen, choreography and dance
Shelly Tramposh, viola, and Jill Pearon, soprano present works by Crane composer Paul Siskind, Andrea Reinkemeyer, Jean Berger, Ivan Fedele, and Georges Boeuf. But wait - there's more! Each piece will be interpreted by a different visual artist - Mark Huff, Doyle Dean, Ben Huff, and Clark Graham present digital video, and Robin Collen presents choreography. Don't miss this evening of lost love, night creatures, and insanity! January 23 and 24 at 7:30 in the University Black Box Theater, SUNY Potsdam. No tickets required - admission is free.

Final Examination Performance:

Thursday, June 4, 2009 - 4:30 p.m.
Program
Campus Arc 1
Conservatoire de Musique Neuchâtelois
Neuchatel, FRANCE
Karolina Socha-Mészáros, soprano
Balázs Mészáros, viola

Master's Recital Featuring Women Composers:

Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 5:30 p.m.
Rock Hall Auditorium
Boyer College of Music and Dance
Temple University
1715 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA
Valerie V. Gay, soprano
Stephen Wyrczynski, viola


Classical Revolution Paris:

Sunday, June 3, 2012 - 5:00 p.m.
Café Chéri(e) (directions)
Event details
Kathryn Hallor, soprano
Kyle Collins, viola