The Heggie/Hillsborough Commission
The Heggie/Hillsborough commission seeks to fund the composition of a new song cycle for soprano voice and piano by Jake Heggie. One of America's most prominent composers for the voice, Jake Heggie's operas include Dead Man Walking, The End of the Affair and the recent acclaimed world premiere of Moby Dick.
As we conceive it, the cycle will feature new poetry and texts from the authors of Hillsborough, North Carolina. Inhabited by a group of prominent writers as well as other citizens, Hillsborough is the 18th century county seat of Orange County, and will provide a vehicle for texts on the theme of "Family Secrets."
A list of the authors committed to the project includes:
* Daniel Wallace (Big Fish*, Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician) *Film Version 2003
* Allan Gurganus (Plays Well With Others, Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, White People) Kaufmann Award from the Academy of Arts and Letters, Bright Pen Award
* Lee Smith (Fair and Tender Ladies, Saving Grace, The Last Girls) Robert Penn Warren Award, Academy Award from the Academy of Arts and Letters, O. Henry Award
* Michael Malone (Four Corners of the Sky, Handling Sin, Foolscap, First Lady) Emmy Award Winning writer for ABC Daytime Drama One Life to Live
* Jeffery Beam (Gospel Earth, Visions of Dame Kind; What We Have Lost: New and Selected Poems 1977-2001) His poems Life of the Bee were set for soprano by notable composer Lee Hoiby and received world premiere in 2002 at Carnegie Hall.
The work will be written for up and coming soprano, Andrea Edith Moore who also hails from Hillsborough, NC, bringing the connection of artists to full circle.
There are countless new works written every year but few which would bring together such a unique collection of important voices and minds.