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For Immediate Release August 2010

Carl Fischer Music Releases
The Grapes of Wrath Solo Aria Collection
Grapes of Wrath Solo Aria CollectionNew York, NY — Carl Fischer Music proudly presents The Grapes of Wrath Solo Aria Collection (VF19 — $24.95), containing excerpts from Ricky Ian Gordon’s critically acclaimed The Grapes of Wrath, named “the great American opera” by Musical America and based on the Pulitzer prize-winning novel by John Steinbeck. This collection includes “The Last Time There Was Rain,” “Simple Child,” “Us,” and others. The performance score and parts are available on rental, and the full vocal score is sold separately. Recording of the world premiere production at the Minnesota Opera is available from PS Classics (PS-866).
Ricky Ian Gordon was born on May 15, 1956 in Oceanside, NY and raised on Long Island. In love with poetry and fascinated, from an early age, by all forms of Opera and Music Theater, he attended Carnegie Mellon University as a piano major, but soon realized that his true vocation was as a composer. After college he settled in New York City and quickly emerged as one of the most successful writers of a kind of vocal music that straddles the world of theater and art song. His unusual ability to find the musical core of a poem or lyric and express that essence in an appropriate musical style has given his songs great appeal to singers of all styles and persuasions. Mr. Gordon’s songs have been performed and/or recorded by such internationally renowned singers as Renée Fleming, Dawn Upshaw, Audra MacDonald, Kristin Chenoweth, the late Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Andrea Marcovici, Melanie Helton, Harolyn Blackwell, Betty Buckley, Margaret Lattimore, Stephanie Novacek and Mary Philips, among many others. For more information, visit:

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