The Clothes of Heaven is based on a short poem by William Butler Yeats. The tapestry of love and longing woven by the singers’ lyrical interplay reflects that woven by Yeats in the text.
Joelle Wallach composes music for orchestra, chamber ensembles, choruses and solo voice. Her String Quartet 1995 was the American Composers Alliance nominee for the 1997 Pulitzer Prize in Music. The New York Philharmonic Ensembles premiered her octet, From the Forest of Chimneys, written to celebrate their 10th anniversary; and the New York Choral Society commissioned her secular oratorio, Toward a Time of Renewal, for 200 voices and orchestra to commemorate their 35th Anniversary Season in Carnegie Hall.
A pre-concert lecturer for the New York Philharmonic for several subscription series, Ms. Wallach speaks on a broad range of musical subjects, bringing fresh insights to familiar works and opening doors to modern ones and to those more infrequently heard.
Wallach grew up in Morocco, but makes her home in New York City, where she was born. For more information and to hear samples of more of Wallach’s music, visit her website.