Residency with Chor Leoni

Zachary has been named the first composer-in-residence with Chor Leoni Men's Choir in Vancouver. His first project in this role will be a concert-length oratorio called When There is Peace (with a libretto by Peter Rothstein and Erick Lichte) for premiere in November 2018 with tenor Lawrence Wiliford, soprano Arwen Myers, and the Borealis String Quartet. Later in this two-year residency, Wadsworth will compose works for Chor Leoni’s holiday program as well as the VanMan Male Choral Summit.

Chor Leoni's Artistic Director Erick Lichte writes: “We are thrilled to begin a lasting artistic relationship with Zachary Wadsworth for the next two seasons. We are excited that this relationship will also extend to our loyal audience. Creating and presenting new works is a passion for Chor Leoni, and we could not be more proud than to begin this residency with Zachary.”

 

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A rave review of "Earthquake"

Writing in the September 2016 edition of The American Organist, Kimberly Marshall and David Yearsley raved about the Houston Chamber Choir and Mary Preston's premiere performance of Zachary's Earthquake.

“Earthquake” is an imaginative setting of the eponymous text by Thomas Merton that promotes love and unity. Wadsworth’s rhythmic sophistication and lyrical finesse are reminiscent of Benjamin Britten; his understanding of the organ’s capabilities was apparent throughout the score, beautifully executed by Preston. The textures were clear, with the organ supporting and punctuating the choral parts. Wadsworth reserved the organ’s tutti for the conclusion of the piece; after the choir sang their final chord, the organ built to a powerful climax, suggesting the unity of all people. “Earthquake” is a stunning new work that deserves a lasting place in the repertoire.
— Kimberly Marshall and David Yearsley, The American Organist
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