In a recital that celebrates the poetry of Rudyard Kipling and Rabindranath Tagore, vocalist Jordan Otis and pianist Ethan McGrath will perform the song cycle Gitanjali by John Alden Carpenter, along with McGrath's recent settings of poetry from The Jungle Book. The program will take place on April 27 at McEwen Chapel on the campus of First Baptist Church (401 Gateway Avenue in Chattanooga). The concert will begin at 7:30pm with a pre-concert talk by the artists at 7:00pm. Admission is free. For more information, send Ethan a message via our contact page.
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A composer of diverse influences, Ethan McGrath seeks to write music that will help break down barriers between people and have the potential to convey meaning to anyone who hears it. A requiem entitled That They May Rest, a Missa Brevis, and a Magnificat are among Ethan’s most significant compositions to date, as well as a Te Deum, which was commissioned for the 2018 southern conference of the American Choral Directors Association. His compositions have been featured in workshops by Rodney Eichenberger and have been performed by such choirs as the Capitol Hearings in Washington, DC, the Taipei Chamber Singers, and the Ely Cathedral Girls’ Choir. His Nunc Dimittis recently won first prize in the Musica Sacra Nova Competition in Poland and was premiered in July, 2018 by the Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge. Ethan holds a BMus in composition from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and an MMus in Choral Studies from the University of Cambridge (UK), where he studied conducting under Stephen Layton, Timothy Brown, Graham Ross, and others.
"Ethan is a most talented young composer and conductor. His compositions demonstrate great sensitivity to text and its relationship to choral colors." ~ Dr. Roland Carter, Composer/Arranger and Professor Emeritus of Music, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
"Ethan's work has the ability to translate a profound sense of meaning to people with varying levels of musical ability and experience. My recommendation of Ethan is enthusiastic and without reservation." ~ Dr. Gennevieve Brown-Kibble, Director of Choral Activities, Southern Adventist University
"Ethan McGrath's compositional voice is unique, but holds on to just the right amount of tradition — it will be exciting to hear more of his works in the future." ~ Dr. Cameron LaBarr, Director of Choral Activities, Missouri State University
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