Adam B. Silverman: Composer [www.adambsilverman.com]
Born in 1973, ADAM B. SILVERMAN is a New York City – based composer whose works have recently gained national attention through performances by the New York City Opera, The Brooklyn Symphony, and chamber groups Eighth Blackbird and The Amelia Piano Trio, including performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, and the La Jolla (CA) Chamber Music Society. His music ranges from classical concert works (the piano trio Sturm and three string quartets) to rock-based music for live performers and electronics (Strawberry Fields Continued for percussion, cellos, and recording), conceptual music-theater (Telemusic for phones and percussion and The Mostly True Story of Professor Leon and Me), and opera (Korczak's Orphans).
Of Sturm, The San Diego Reader wrote, “The music’s stylistic ancestors seemed to include Fauré and Chausson (for the textures, the harmonies, and the superbly idiomatic instrumental writing), and John Adams (for the relentless drive and dynamic repetitiveness).” The New York Times said, “The most surprising work was Adam Silverman’s In Another Man’s Skin, gurgling washes of sweet tonality, slightly out of kilter, slightly tongue-in-cheek.
Since 1998, he has directed the Minimum Security Composers Collective, a group of which he is co-founder. He received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in composition at Yale in 2003, and also studied music at the Vienna Musikhochschule and the University of Miami. He is Assistant Professor of Music Composition and Theory at West Chester University.
Susan Gubernat: Librettist
Susan Gubernat’s first book of poems, Flesh, won the Marianne Moore Prize and was published in 1999 by Helicon Nine Press. Her second book manuscript, Shaggy Parasol, has been a recent finalist in the National Poetry Series and for Oberlin’s Field Prize, and was a runner-up for last year’s Dorset Prize. Individual poems have appeared or are forthcoming most recently in The Michigan Quarterly Review,The Cortland Review, Pleiades, and McSweeney’s. Gubernat has been the recipient of many awards including New York and New Jersey arts council fellowships and a Woodrow Wilson grant. She has been a fellow in residence at the MacDowell, Yaddo, and Millay art colonies and is currently an associate professor of English at California State University, East Bay. She received her MFA in poetry from the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa.