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Ludwig van Toronto: Emotional Power and Bravura Performance in Tapestry Opera’s JACQUELINE

“kudos to Woolf for her beautiful musical idiom and her brilliant execution” Continue reading

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Opera Going Toronto reviews WOOLF’s JACQUELINE

Jacqueline du Pré, legendary golden-haired young cellist, unrivalled heir apparent to Casals and Rostropovich, inhabited a life transformed by multiple narrators after her death in 1987 into an almost mythical saga. A relentless surge of rumours and anecdotes still swirls … Continue reading

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SCHMOPERA reviews WOOLF’s JACQUELINE: COME FOR THE MUSIC, STAY FOR EVERYTHING ELSE

Tapestry Opera continues their 40th anniversary season with Jacqueline, a commission for Canadian librettist Royce Vavrek and American composer Luna Pearl Woolf; the end result, directed by Tapestry Artistic Director Michael Mori, is something of a living retrospective of the life … Continue reading

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The Whole Note: Luna Pearl Woolf’s FIRE and FLOOD

This month Tapestry presents the world premiere of American composer Luna Pearl Woolf’s latest opera, Jacqueline. Coinciding with this is the Pentatone release of Woolf’s Fire and Flood on the Oxingale label (PTC5186803 naxosdirect.com). This striking vocal disc features mostly recent works for a cappella choir (the Choir … Continue reading

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Lewis Spratlan’s Bangladesh featured on Grammy winning album The Poetry of Places

We are excited to announce that Lewis Spratlan’s, Bangladesh, is one of the world premiere recordings featured on Nadia Shpachenko’s album The Poetry of Places, which was bestowed with the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Classical Compendium. Victor and Marina … Continue reading

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Calgary Herald: Evelyn Glennie and Land’s End Ensemble provide spectacular evening

“Woolf seems to have carefully considered the relationship of physicality to the performers’ bodies, for example their height, physical performance characteristics and their physical relationship with the instrument. Set in shards of imitative Bach cello suite fragments, and buttressed with … Continue reading

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San Francisco Classical Voice: the Dizzying World of György Ligeti

March 21, 2017 “Woolf’s illustrative music here … skillfully augments the performers’ movements. Short motivic bursts illustrate the sudden actions of the man falling off a box and throwing himself against a wall, for example —but  when he cradles the length … Continue reading

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Center for New Music: Interview with Luna Pearl Woolf about Act Without Words I

March 14, 2017 “…Whatever the presence is that’s calling the man’s attention to various things in the play has its own attitude – silly, flirty, angry – and becomes its own kind of character. Since Beckett does not include any … Continue reading

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La Fabrique Culturelle TV: Cordes et discorde

06 May 2016 Watch a four minute video of Luna Pearl Woolf’s 12 May 2016 Triptyque program at the Salle Bourgie, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts from La Fabrique Culturelle TV. The program features Mélange à trois, One to One to One, and Rumi: Quatrains of … Continue reading

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BroadwayWorld Review: BETTER GODS Soars at the Kennedy Center

January 11, 2016 “Ms. Woolf’s gorgeous score is underlined by the use of traditional Hawaiian chants and her score utilized authentic instruments like the nose flute, Kala’au (percussive sticks), and Ili’ili (castanets), that are native to the island.”

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DC Metro Theater Arts: Review: ‘Better Gods’ at The Washington National Opera

January 9, 2016 “Woolf’s new and original composition uses Hawaiian instruments to add an audible authenticity to the story. Throughout the opera the nose flute, Kalaʻau (warrior sticks made from strawberry guava trees), and ʻIliʻili (stone castanets) amplify the sadness … Continue reading

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ConcertoNet: December Celebration – New Carols by Seven American Composers

07 December 2015 “…in Luna Pearl Woolf’s How Bright the Darkness, an impressively vivid piece for women’s choir, baritone solo, strings, percussion, and harp. Woolf’s orchestration and harmonies paint the sparseness of nature. It is a piece where the listener can … Continue reading

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Examiner: PENTATONE tries to get the jump on Christmas music marketing

Woolf has mustered just the right combination of sonorities and thematic material that makes the perfect glove to fit Wilner’s poetic hand. Continue reading

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New York Times: What Happens When Bach Visits the Cafeteria

by DAVID ALLEN October 27, 2015 Students eating at Columbia University’s John Jay Dining Hall, an airy den reverberating with undergraduate chatter, were in for a surprise last Wednesday. When they walked in for dinner, they found Matt Haimovitz — … Continue reading

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Primephonic: To Inspire, To Create, To Engage and To Empower

The American composer Luna Pearl Woolf is at the pinnacle of a new generation of politically conscious and artistically progressive composers. Her work… Continue reading

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Congratulations to composer David Sanford: Winner of a 2015 Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters

David Sanford has been awarded a 2015 Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The Fellowship of $15,000 is awarded to mid-career composers of exceptional gifts. David’s extraordinary musicianship and unbridled creativity are an inspiration! For more information please … Continue reading

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San Francisco Classical Voice: Lisa Delan Recital A Pure Delight

Woolf’s composition alluringly displayed diverse facets of love refracted through a variety of genres, with Haimovitz channeling a jazz bass pizzicato here, sliding into Middle Eastern modes there,something fluttering with O’Riley like attendant lovebirds. Continue reading

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San Francisco Classical Voice: From the Top Loves the S.F. Conservatory

February 4, 2015 Christopher O’Riley, photo by Edy Perez   It’s been a while, seven years, since the popular NPR musical talent show From the Tophas been back to San Francisco. The show is planning to tape a show at … Continue reading

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Oxingale Music announces Winner of Composition Competition

Oxingale Music announces Winner of Composition Competition Continue reading

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The New York Times: Classical Playlist: John Adams, Handel, Lewis Spratlan and More

This welcome new recording from the impressive Boston Modern Orchestra Project offers three ingeniously written and distinctive Spratlan works. Continue reading

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