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UNH Composer Wins First Prize in Longfellow Chorus International Composers Competition; Premiers Feb. 27

January 12, 2011

Christopher Kies, professor of music, has won first prize in choral composition in the 2011 Longfellow Chorus International Composers Competition. Kies' "The Musical Sufferings of John Kreisler” is based on Longfellow's 1838 translation of E. T. A. Hoffmann's story about a put-upon, Burgundy-sipping piano teacher and his musically flawed, yet lovable students.

According to Charles Kaufmann, the founder and director of the Longfellow Chorus, Kies' composition "can only be called a completely unhinged, five-minute comic operetta."

Kies' operetta premieres Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, in a 1:30 p.m. concert at Longfellow's boyhood church, The First Parish in Portland, Maine, during the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 204th Birthday Choral Festival, Feb. 26 and 27, 2011. The church is located at 425 Congress Street.

For tickets, visit http://www.longfellowchorus.com/Longfellow_Chorus_2011_Program.html.

Based in Portland, Maine, the Longfellow Chorus performs and records vocal and choral settings of Longfellow's poetry, written from 1840 to the present, commissions new vocal and choral settings of Longfellow's poetry, and performs choral music of the Romantic and immediate post-Romantic eras, ca. 1825-1920.

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