Tonight (Saturday, April 3), at 7:30 PM at The Bell House in Brooklyn, Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond will be performing a song cycle called Penelope by the composer Sarah Kirkland Snider, together with Signal – a versatile, do-anything chamber orchestra conducted by Brad Lubman.
Penelope has appeared in various guises over the past two years: it originated as a music for a theater piece and then debuted as a song cycle with Signal last May. When Shara came aboard the project, Sarah revised and expanded the songs yet again, tailoring them to Shara's unique talents and arranging them for Sarah's dream cast of characters: a 25-person orchestra of strings, harp, percussion, drums, electric guitar and bass, and electronics (with sound design by Michael Hammond). The cycle grew from 40 to 60 minutes. This is the premiere performance of this new, expanded version of the piece.