Georgia Symphony to premiere composer’s arrangement of African-American spirituals

Posted on: August 30, 2012

In Tuesday’s (8/28) Taunton Daily Gazette (Massachusetts), Alice C. Elwell writes, “Erik Lindgren is a composer, performer and a member of the Brockton [Massachusetts] Symphony Orchestra’s board of directors. He arranges and records music in his home studio and owns a music collection of period tunes that he reissues on CD, under his record label ‘Arf! Arf!’ – named for his Irish setter Molly. These days, Lindgren, 50, who lives on a horse farm in Middleboro, is arranging a score of African-American spirituals for the Georgia Symphony Orchestra. Lindgren was commissioned to arrange a 25-minute, five-movement work for the Georgia Symphony Orchestra, with soloist Oral Moses singing bass baritone. … The composition is in its final draft and will be ready on Sept. 1 for the orchestra to begin rehearsing in preparation for an October premiere. … Lindgren retreated to the Canadian Rockies for almost a month to give the arrangement his total focus. His collaboration over more than two decades with bass-baritone Oral Moses, one of the foremost authorities on African-American spirituals, led Lindgren to the genre. … Lindgren’s arrangement doesn’t alter the melody, but he used a fresh new instrumental accompaniment for a non-traditional arrangement.”

Posted August 30, 2012