Lunatics at Large (new music ensemble) Presents Debut Concert of Five World Premieres March 21st at Carnegie Hall

“The Sanctuary Project” features composers André Brégégère, Mohammed Fairouz, Raphael Fusco, Laura Koplewitz, & Alex Shapiro; Their music is paired with poetry by Rob Buchert, Joanna Fuhrman, David Shapiro. Yerra Sugarman, & Ryan Vine.
An exciting selection of established and emerging poets and composers have been commissioned by the New York City based new music ensemble Lunatics at Large ( to write works on the theme of “sanctuary.” The premiere concert of these five works will occur on Monday, March 21, 2011 at 8:00pm at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, 57th Street and Seventh Avenue in New York City. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at or by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800.
Subsequent performances of The Sanctuary Project will happen in actual sanctuaries at Christ and Saint Stephen’s Church(, 122 West 69th Street, New York City (April 8, 8pm) and at the Synagogue for the Arts(, 49 White Street, New York City (April 10, 7pm), and at WMP Concert Hall(, 31 East 28th Street, New York (April 21, 7:30pm). Tickets for all April performances are $20 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.
World Premiere works are:
Sanctuary by André Brégégère (b. 1975)
Poetry by Yerra Sugarman
>>This piece explores the vivid imagery of Sugarman's poem and her vision of 'Sanctuary' as a repository for the past, embarking the listener on a musical journey through the intricate landscape of our collective memory.
Unwritten by Mohammed Fairouz (b. 1985)
Poetry by David Shapiro
>>Acclaimed composer for the voice Mohammed Fairouz's latest cycle chronicles the last days and demise of Socrates "the greatest man who ever lived".
Solicited Advice: Four Rules of Your Pal, Ward by Raphael Fusco (b. 1984)
Poetry by Ryan Vine
>>Fusco's setting of Vine's "Ward's Rules" explores the therapeutic powers of laughter and advice whether it is solicited or not.
The Wondering Wayside by Laura Koplewitz (b. 1966)
Poetry by Joanna Fuhrman, David Shapiro, Yerra Sugarman & Ryan Vine
>>In "The Wondering Wayside," a traveler asks questions of gods and angels, on a journey from desert, to mountains, temple, and across waves, in an impressionistic exploration of a 2lst century pilgrim's progress.
Unabashedly More by Alex Shapiro (b. 1962)
Poetry by Rob Buchert >>Each expressive note in Shapiro's "Unabashedly More" creates a sanctuary for the listener; a safe place in which to experience an emotional journey from lyrically pensive to explosively joyous.
The poems will be read by the poets in between the performance of the chamber pieces. Three of the five commissioned chamber pieces (Fairouz, Fusco, and Koplewitz) include a vocal line – poetry from the participating poets set to music. Some of these poems are new (commissioned for this project), some older works.


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