Michigan Festival of Sacred Music Executive Director’s creativity benefits Elgin symphony and many others

Feb. 19, 2015

For Immediate Release

Michigan Festival of Sacred Music

Contact: Elizabeth Start, Executive Director

Monie Burns listens to the song written for her by composer Elizabeth Start. jpg

Monie Burns listens to the song written for her by composer Elizabeth Start.


Michigan Festival of Sacred Music Executive Director’s creativity benefits symphony and many others

Even as Elizabeth Start works to pull together the next full festival of Sacred Music in November 2015, her creativity carries over into work of her own, having composed 15 pieces in the past year.

One of those pieces recently landed her in the pages of the Elgin (IL) Courier News. The newspaper reported on Start’s composition for a patron of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra who made the winning bid as part of a symphony benefit.

“Echoes in Life”, described as hauntingly beautiful, was created after Start met with the winning bidder, Monie Burns, to find out what she might want for her “theme song.” 

Start was struck by the positive outcome of the benefit for the symphony, and how it captured the imagination of the community.

“Echoes in Life” is just one of the many pieces Start has created recently. Kalamazoo audiences were treated to music from her “Fused Art” CD of solo cello, electric cello, and cello duo, based on eight poems by Conrad Hilberry, which was released at the Dec. 5 Art Hop, along with an exhibit of her fused glass works, based on the same eight Hilberry poems.

Hilberry poems also were the inspiration for three “Talking Object” songs that will premiere Feb. 26 with the Chicago Composers’ Consortium. 

She also wrote a composition to be featured at the rededication of the Ladies Library Association Building in May, 2015.

She is at work on a soundtrack for a film that will be presented April 19 by Access Contemporary Music in collaboration with the Chicago Film Festival. 

Local audiences will have an opportunity to hear new music by Start at the March 15 appearance of Brandon Ridenour and Useful Chamber, featuring a composition she wrote at Brandon’s request, based on another Hilberry poem, and also at the May 16 program at the Medieval Congress at Western Michigan University, where the piece that was premiered at the 2014 Assisi (Italy) Sacred Music will be presented. 

“I am always the most comfortable composing when there seems a clear purpose and connection with people, organizations, performers, and/or other artists,” Start says. “This last year has presented me a wealth of such opportunities.”

To read the Elgin Courier News story click here: http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/elgin-courier-news/opinion/ct-ecn-leisure-studies-eso-st-0210-20150210-story.html

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