Sins & Songs: Shara Worden
The American Composers Orchestra interviews composer Shara Worden (a.k.a. My Brightest Diamond). She will perform Kurt Weill's The Seven Deadly Sins with the American Composers Orchestra on Friday, February 27 in Zankel Hall.
Read an excerpt of the interview below.
American Composers Orchestra: What are you looking forward to about performing with Orchestra Underground at Carnegie Hall?
Shara Worden: I perform with orchestra a few times a year, and it's always an adventure. I learn something every time and as a composer it feels like you are working on all cylinders. Your ears get wider. Your brain goes into overdrive because there is is much to take in. It's like flying high with the wind in your face! Like wrestling an elephant! Like leaning into a fierce storm and coming out alive! A great challenge and a great thrill.
American Composers Orchestra: Why did you choose your songs “Whoever You Are,” “We Added It Up,” and “Looking at the Sun” over others for performance with Orchestra Underground?
Shara Worden: I wrote and arranged "We Added It Up" originally for the American Songbook Series, and at the time I was listening to a lot of orchestration from the same time period as The Seven Deadly Sins, so I really enjoy playing these pieces next to one another. I see myself as a musical descendant of Kurt Weill, a classical composer who also loved popular songs, and I feel like there is a clear relationship there in this juxtaposition.
|Monday, February 23 at 8 PM
American Composers Orchestra
Cited for “consistently champion[ing] contemporary music with consistent excellence” (The New York Times), the American Composers Orchestra showcases world premieres by daring young composers and a classic by Weill, who called his Seven Deadly Sins—his last collaboration with playwright Bertolt Brecht—a “ballet in song,” filled with memorable songs cast in the popular styles of the day.