Composer Spotlight: Louisa Castner & Victor Zupanc Create “Love Never Forgets”

A jubilant celebration of the power of singing together, “Love Never Forgets” illustrates that life with Alzheimer’s can include personal creativity and contribution to community. This inspiring world premiere concert features the first-ever choral work illuminating life with Alzheimer’s – written with and performed by people with the disease and their caregivers. They share their […]

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“Getting to know you . . .”

Submitted by Louisa Castner and Victor Zupanc The Healing and Hope through Song community residency has officially begun! During the last two weeks of June, we spent time with the Giving Voice Choruses in Minneapolis and St. Paul. This has marked the beginning of our yearlong residency with GVC. Chorus co-founders Marge Ostroushko and Mary […]

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Healing & Hope Through Song Composer and Poet Announced

The American Composers Forum is pleased to announce a new community residency program with Giving Voice Chorus (GVC), Giving Voice Initiative (GVI), and the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis. Composer Victor Zupanc and poet Louisa Castner will collaborate to create a new choral work to be premiered by GVC singers in spring 2018. This […]

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World Premiere of “Still Standing”

ACF has been honored to partner with One Voice on the 2016-17 Healing & Hope Through Song program. This season’s collaborators were McKnight Fellow and acclaimed Minnesota composer George Maurer, National Poetry Slam Champion Sierra DeMulder, One Voice Mixed Chorus, and RECLAIM, an organization that works to increase access to mental and integrative health support so that queer […]

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Looking Back: Ronald McDonald House Residency 2015-16

Composer Paul John Rudoi and poet Brian Laidlaw met weekly over dinner with the children and families at the Twin Cities Ronald McDonald House. Premiered by the Minnesota Boychoir in May 2016, their beautiful work “My Friends and I,” focuses on hope, friendship, love, and loss through the eyes of children. ACF: What was it like getting to know the kids at […]

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