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      Composers Among Us: Robert Kritz (syndicated release)

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      Composer Robert Kritz 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’ll talk with Kritz about his unusual career path as a composer and feature live performances of several of his pieces by the musicians who support his work.

      Robert Kritz: “When I Was a Green Girl” (from Songs of Later Love)
      “You Are Not Really Mine” (from Songs of Later Love)
      “The Tender Glance” (from Songs of Young Love)

      Amy Conn, soprano; Diana Schmück, piano
      10:10

      Robert Kritz: Diaspora Dances
      Nigeria: “Ile Labo Simi Oko” – Moderato, with an easy, swinging feel
      Egypt: “Bint As Shalabiyeh” – Andante – with zest and passion

      Daedalus Duo: Bonnie Campbell, clarinet; Diana Schmück, piano
      10:09

      Robert Kritz: Concerto for Saxophone and Strings, II. Blue (excerpt)
      Warsaw Radio Symphony/Tadeusz Wicherek conductor; David Pituch, saxophone
      2:03

      Robert Kritz: Blue Reflections for Saxophone and Piano
      David Pituch, saxophone; Yoko Yamada-Selvaggio, piano
      6:38

      Robert Kritz: Connections, II & III
      Orion Ensemble: Kathryn Pirtle, clarinet; Judy Stone, cello; Diana
      Schmück, piano
      13:58

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