New CD from soprano
Melanie Helton

and pianist/composer
Ricky Ian Gordon


Blue Griffin label

When “Bright Eyed Joy: The Music of Ricky Ian Gordon,” was presented at Lincoln Center March 13th, 2001, as part of the American Songbook Series, The New York Times reported, “If the music of Ricky Ian Gordon had to be defined by a single quality, it would be the bursting effervescence infusing songs that blithely blur the lines between art song and the high-end Broadway music of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim… It’s caviar for a world gorging on pizza.”
RICKY IAN GORDON’s credits include: Green Sneakers, for Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, The Grapes Of Wrath, with librettist Michael Korie, for Minnesota Opera, as well as Utah Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, and Opera Pacific (Recording, PS Classics), Orpheus and Euridice, with Doug Varone, Lincoln Center (Recording, Ghostlight), My Life With Albertine, with Richard Nelson, Playwrights Horizons (Recording, PS Classics), Dream True, with Tina Landau,Vineyard Theater (Recording, PS Classics), The Tibetan Book Of The Dead, with Jean Claude Van Itallie,  Houston Grand Opera, Only Heaven, with Langston Hughes, Encompass Opera (Recording, PS Classics), Stonewall/ Night Variations, with Tina Landau, En Garde Arts, States Of Independence, with Ms. Landau, Prince Music Theater, Autumn Valentine,  with Dorothy Parker, Opera Omaha. As composer-in-residence at The Lyric Opera of Chicago in 2001, and 2002, he wrote Morning Star, with William Hoffman. Other recordings include his Nonesuch CD, Bright Eyed Joy: The Songs Of Ricky Ian Gordon.
Publications by Williamson Music/Rodgers and Hammerstein include four songbooks,  A Horse With Wings, Genius Child, Only Heaven and Finding Home. Carl Fischer Music has published The Piano Music of Ricky Ian Gordon, Songs For Our Time, Orpheus and Euridice, Late Afternoon, and The Grapes Of Wrath.
Upcoming projects include operas for The Metropolitan Opera and Minnesota Opera, a song cycle for Virginia Opera and the Virginia Festival for the Arts, and musicals for Playwrights Horizons and The Signature Theater.
Awards include a Shen Family Foundation Award, The Stephen Sondheim Award, The Gilman and Gonzalez-Falla Music Theater Foundation Award, The Jonathan Larson Foundation Award, the Constance Klinsky Award, and a National Institute For Music Theater Award.  Dream True won a Richard Rodgers Award. My Life With Albertine won the 2002 AT&T Award. Orpheus and Euridice won an OBIE Award.

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