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Professor Sheila Silver Has Been Awarded the Prestigious Guggenheim Award

April 23, 2013
Sheila Silver

Sheila Silver

Music Department Professor Sheila Silver has been awarded the prestigious Guggenheim award for 2013.  She is embarking on her most ambitious opera to date: A Thousand Splendid Suns, based on the internationally best selling novel by Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner. Silver and her librettist, Stephen Kitsakos, have recently completed the first draft of the adaptation. She plans to go to India to study Hindustani music (which is at the heart of Afghan music) as part of her preparation for composing this work, so that a strand of this sound will color her compositional voice. Silver and Hosseini have discussed the project at length and he is excited about having his novel turned into an opera.

New York audiences will have the opportunity to hear the premiere of Silver’s latest composition, Beauty Intolerable, A Songbook based on the Poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay, featuring soprano Lauren Flanigan, mezzo-soprano Deanne Meek, and lyric soprano Risa Renae Harman in a unique theatrical portrayal of Millay and her poetic vision.  Performances will include actress Tyne Daly reciting the poetry in the  June 8, 2013 performance presented by ClaverackLanding in Hudson, NY, and actress Tandy Cronyn reciting the poetry in a performance at New York City’s Symphony Space on June 13, 2013.
Silver says she is thrilled and honored to have received the Guggenheim and looks forward to a period of intense work. For more information on A Thousand Splendid Suns, go to http://www.sheilasilver.com/1000-splendid-suns/. For more information on Sheila Silver, go to www.sheilasilver.com
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