Composers Festival Spotlight: Prometheus

Prometheus: An American Vocal Consort will be the guest performers for the 2014 MICF’s “Mizzou New Music” concert on Friday, July 25 at the Missouri Theatre.

The 12-member ensemble “aims to inspire, enlighten, heal, and share through intimate performances of blazingly communicative a cappella music from the renaissance to the brightest examples of music from today’s leading composers.”

Prometheus is conducted by artistic director R. Paul Crabb, who in his “day job” serves as the University of Missouri’s Director of Choral Activities. Now six years old, the group was founded by Kyle Stegall, who also coordinates administrative activities, with assistant conductor Emily Edgington Andrews completing the leadership troika.

Prometheus also includes Jordan Black (bass), Eric Dalbey (countertenor), Frank Fleschner (tenor), Christine Jarquio (mezzo-soprano), Lindsey Lang (soprano), Gabe Lewis-O’Connor (bass), Arwen Myers (soprano), Laura Thoreson (mezzo-soprano), and Timothy Whipple (baritone).

All of the members are professional singers and conductors who live in different parts of the country, but come together at selected times for intensive rehearsals and performances. This summer, Prometheus is celebrating the release of their self-titled first album with performances in Columbia, Oak Park IL, and Chicago.

You can hear samples of their music in the embedded SoundCloud player below.

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