Donald H. Sanborn III has completed a musical, “Robin Hood: How Legends are Made,” as well as a Christmas piece for voice. Previously, a solo organ work, “Trinity,” was featured on Composers Circle. Other recent performances include a brass quintet, “Fanfare for Caitlin’s Castle” (inspired by the composer’s goddaughter, the piece also exists as a duet for trumpet and organ); and a song cycle, “Dreams of Edgar Allan Poe.” His solo organ and choral works have been performed by members of the American Guild of Organists in worship and concert settings. In addition to composing, Mr. Sanborn has contributed articles to HowlRound, a theater website. He also edits a monthly Devotional for the Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers.
LISTEN: A Dream Within a Dream for Soprano and Piano
Myra Cordell, Soprano; Eugene Brister, Piano
Myra Cordell has performed with the Kennedy Center, Santa Fe Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Hawaii Opera, and many others. She has performed numerous recitals, and sung under the batons of Gianandrea Gavazzei, Raymond Leppard, Michael Tilson Thomas, Andre Previn, David Politt, Stefan Minde and Fiora Contino. Her roles have included the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor, Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Mimi in Puccini’s La Boheme, the title role in Madama Butterfly, Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata, and Desdemona in Otello. Ms. Cordell holds degrees from Furman and Northwestern Universities. In 2007 she performed Dreams of Edgar Allan Poe, which was written for her, at St. Paul’s Festival of the Arts in Nyack, New York.
Eugene Brister (1940-2014) was a vocal coach, and an accompanist for such musical groups as the Men of Song and the New York Quintet. He also toured as accompanist for a production of Don Pasquale. A devote of the music of Richard Wagner, he was a member of the Wagner Society of NY, and for ten years was chairman of its Singers Committee; the Society has established an award in his memory. Mr. Brister held a degree from the University of North Texas, where he was accompanist for the NTSU Grand Chorus, and a “leading force” in the NTSU Opera Workshop.
After a year of study at New England Conservatory in Boston, Eugene moved to New York City, where he lived for over 50 years within walking distance of Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. He pursued a career as vocal accompanist and opera coach for singers, and toured the U. S. as accompanist for musical groups such as the Men of Song and the New York Quintet, as part of the nationwide Community Concerts Series; he toured as accompanist for a production of “Don Pasquale”.
In the 1970s he was on the music staff of the National Grand Opera, based on Long Island, NY, during which time he conducted Rigoletto. For three seasons in the early 1980s, he was on the coaching staff of the opera company in Caracas, Venezuela.
He was devoted to the music of Richard Wagner, from seeing his first staged Die Walküre in Chicago in 1960 to the February 2013 opening performance of a new Metropolitan Opera Parsifal, one of his favorites, “performed by my very favorite tenor (Jonas Kaufmann),” as he wrote friends. That was, despite his illness, “All in all, a very good day in my life.” He was a valued member of the Wagner Society of NY for over 20 years, and for 10 years was chairman of its Singers Committee; his audio/visual technical expertise was essential to many Wagner Society programs. – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/nytimes/obituary.aspx?pid=170794273#sthash.Zrz1pMxS.dpuf