Other Music by Theresa Koon

In addition to PROMISE, Theresa Koon has composed two other operas, two song cycles and several individual pieces for voice and piano, guitar and other instruments.  The links below will access audio and video files for each work, as listed. Contact Theresa for further information, or to commission new works.

Sonnet to Orpheus, for Mezzo-Soprano and Piano, uses Stephen Mitchell’s translation of a poem by Rainer Maria Rilke from Volume I of his Sonnet’s to Orpheus, number 3.  The song was performed by Hannah Penn and Steven Lewis as part of a tribute concert to Claude Debussy on March 25, 2018, produced by March Music Moderne in collaboration with Cascadia Composers.

[Link available soon.  Contact Theresa Koon for details.]

WHERE EVERYTHING IS MUSIC is an extended work for choir or vocal ensemble with soloists. The texts were written by mystic poets from the Sufi and Hindu religions, ranging from the eighth through thirteenth centuries.  Poets include Rumi, Kabir, Hafiz, Tagore and Mirabai, translated by Barks, Bly, Mitchell and Ladinsky.  All poems were set by permission of the translators.  The intention behind this project was to introduce non-Muslim Americans to the transcendent compassion, tenderness and humor of these mystic texts.  Arrangements for voices with piano, trumpet, organ or instrumental ensemble are available.

The Resonance Ensemble of Oregon performed WHERE EVERYTHING IS MUSIC as part of their SOULS concert in Portland, Oregon on February 25, 2018.  Katherine FitzGibbon, Director; Sarah Maines, Mezzo-Soprano; Damien Geter, Bass-Baritone; Chris Engbretson, Piano; Diane Chaplin, Cello; Clarinet; Violin; Trumpet.

Six of the Sufi settings for solo voice were performed by Mezzo-Soprano Laura Beckel Thoreson, with pianists Susan McDaniel, Chris Engbretson and trumpeter Bruce Dunn in a concert produced by The Ensemble of Oregon on October 23, 2016 at the Old Church in Portland, Oregon.  MIDI audio files and PDFs of the extended cycle including music for choir are available by request.


You Were Brave in that Holy War: Song of Sufi Wisdom

POOF, FLIES and EVERYTHING:  From 2012-2016 Theresa Koon collaborated with librettist Sandra Stone on two operas that were part of a trilogy intended to be performed as a unified whole in one evening.  John Vergin was the collaborative composer with Sandra Stone on the absurdist opera POOF, and Theresa wrote the music for AN IMPERFECT PLACE TO DISPOSE OF FLIES and WHAT EVERYTHING IS.  As plays, these three libretti were finalists for the Oregon Book Awards in 2015.  On Nov. 16 & 17, 2016, the three operas were produced in workshop form at Artists Repertory Theater in Portland, Oregon, in collaboration with the contemporary music ensemble Fear No Music.  Conductor: Jeffrey Payne, Stage Director: Allen Nause, Woman/Mrs. Brewster: Hannah Penn, Man: Kevin Walsh, Manager: John Vergin.  The links below include video excerpts from the workshop production.  For more information contact Theresa Koon.

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