Composers Among Us: Robert Kritz

June 1, 2018, 10:00 pm

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Piano being played by a pianist
Piano being played by a pianist

Composer Robert Kritz passed away in April 2018. To honor his spirit we’re re-broadcasting this program featuring Robert’s work. Robert spent many years working in the corporate world by day and busily composing music into the wee hours of the night. A decision several years ago to show some of his pieces to professional composers was the occasion of great excitement and led to a flurry of public performances and commissions. We talk with Robert about his unusual career path as a composer and feature live performances of several of his pieces by the musicians who support his work.


Songs of Later Love
“When I Was a Green Girl”
“You Are Not Really Mine”
Amy Conn, soprano; Diana Schmück, piano

Songs of Young Love
“The Tender Glance”
Amy Conn, soprano; Diana Schmück, piano

Diaspora Dances 
Nigeria: “Ile Labo Simi Oko”
Egypt: “Bint As Shalabiyeh”
Daedalus Duo: Bonnie Campbell, clarinet; Diana Schmück, piano

Concerto for Saxophone and Strings
II. Blue
Warsaw Radio Symphony, Tadeusz Wicherek conductor; David Pituch, sax

Blue Reflections for Saxophone and Piano
David Pituch, sax; Yoko Yamada-Selvaggio, piano

Orion Chamber ensemble: Kathryn Pirtle, clarinet; Judy Stone, cello; Diana
Schmück, piano