Whether evoking musical images of centuries past or conjuring up new ideas about what classical vocal music can be, composers of the 21st century push the boundaries of vocal and musical expression even farther than their historical predecessors, taking the classical singing voice to new, exciting extremes. Entirely music by living composers, “Ashes to Dreams” is a program of works for soprano and piano that is not confined to the pre-existing limits of possibility. 



Jeffrey Holmes: Mara

Bill Alves: A Sonatina

James Erber: Phoenix

Gerard Pape: Being Beauteous



Soprano Kirsten Ashley Wiest is an advocate for contemporary classical music, frequently giving world premiere performances of chamber works and opera. She has worked with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Bang on a Can All-Stars, and the Grammy-winning Partch ensemble, among many others, and has premiere recordings on Sony Classical, Albany records, MicroFest Records and Centaur Records. She holds a DMA in Contemporary Music Performance in Voice from UC San Diego, and currently teaches at San Bernardino Valley College, CSU San Bernardino, and UC Riverside. More information at: www.kirstenashleywiest.com

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