'The Origin' to air on WCNY TV, radio

The world premiere of Richard Einhorn’s “The Origin,” a musical oratorio on the life and work of Charles Darwin that debuted at SUNY Oswego, will air on WCNY-TV at 11 p.m. Sunday, June 14, and WCNY Classic FM at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 20.

The programs, which are two hours in length, are expected to incorporate interviews with Einhorn on his research, creation and passion for the subject.

SUNY Oswego commissioned the project to coincide with the bicentennial of Darwin’s birth. Julie Pretzat, professor of music and interim associate dean of Oswego’s School of Communication, Media and the Arts, provided musical direction.

The multimedia performance featured Kitka, a vocal ensemble with European roots, soprano Jacqueline Horner of Anonymous 4, tenor Todd Graber, bass Eric Johnson and SUNY Oswego’s College Choir, College-Community Orchestra and Festival Chorus.

Video images by New York City filmmaker Bill Morrison created the visual backdrop for the action.

Major support for the commissioning and presentation of “The Origin” came from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Music Fund and Meet the Composer. WCNY provided media support.

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CONTACT: Mary Avrakotos, 312-4581 or artswego@oswego.edu

(Posted: Jun 03, 2009)