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03 May 2018

'Gathering' celebrates UI's 150th in style

by John Frayne (The News-Gazette)

"Gathering" is a work for a celebration, and DiOrio has created a solemn and suitably ceremonial piece for this occasion. One unusual aspect of "Gathering" was the use of quotations from Johannes Brahms' "A German Requiem" ("How Lovely Are Thy Dwelling Places"), as well as the famous triumphal theme from the finale of Brahms' First Symphony.

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13 April 2018

Music review: Variety of voices come together in impressive series of performances

by Peter Jacobi (Herald Times)

Through the performance of eight compositions, all but one written in the 21st century, Maestro DiOrio and his gifted band of musicians sought to emphasize the silent, time-consuming and lonely struggle involved in the complex act of composition.

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29 March 2018

‘Gathering’ concert series features new music to celebrate sesquicentennial

by Jodi Heckel (Illinois News Bureau)

In a rare collaboration, the U. of I. Wind Symphony and Chamber Singers are performing “Gathering,” a series of concerts featuring the newly commissioned work of the same title, along with several other pieces of music. The ensembles premiered the new piece at a February concert at Chicago Symphony Center. They’ll perform it April 14 at New York City’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and April 21 on campus at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

The 20-minute composition was written by Dominick DiOrio, a composer and a professor of music at Indiana University. The libretto was created by National Book Award-winning author Richard Powers, a U. of I. professor emeritus of English.

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08 February 2018

Performance a royal banquet of variety, scope

by Peter Jacobi (Herald Times)

Dominick DiOrio, it must be said, is a superb choral conductor. In the few short years he has been member of the Indiana University Jacobs School’s choral department, he has taken the important Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, now with the added name NOTUS, on fascinating voyages of discovery, all the while shaping the choir’s sounds to be flexible, edgily precise, lusciously warm and whatever the music being sung calls for.

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12 December 2017

Musik für die innere Ruhe

by Sabine Sipos (Mannheimer Morgen)

Wer bei „You don’t walk alone“ zunächst an den Fußballclub „FC Liverpool“ und dessen „Fan-Song“ an der Anfield Road dachte, irrte. Dominick Diorio hatte das Thema zu einem hinreißend Lied gemacht, das der Kammerchor stimmlich perfekt interpretierte. Etwas weihnachtlich wurde es mit „Christmas Lullaby“ und „Christmas Carol“, zwei Kompositionen von John Rutter. Großartige Soprane, warm timbrierte Männerstimmen – das war es, das diesen Abend zu einem Quatro-Forte-Konzert vom Feinsten machte. Den stehend gespendeten begeisterten Schlussapplaus konnten der Chor und die Solistinnen verdient entgegennehmen.

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17 November 2017

Famed conductor's absence doesn't hinder performance

by Peter Jacobi (Herald Times)

The campus residency of famed composer Krzysztof Penderecki at Indiana University and its Jacobs School of Music began last week with the visiting luminary taking charge of rehearsals for a performance Wednesday evening in the Musical Arts Center of his “St. Luke Passion,” which he was to conduct as the high point of his Bloomington stay.

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12 November 2017

IU hosts another renowned composer

by Peter Jacobi (Herald Times)

As of earlier this weekend, another composer of note came for a visit, he, too, to offer his wisdom about a composition being performed here. In his case, however, there was a second reason for coming. He came to actively participate in the performance itself. The also eminent contemporary composer Krzysztof Penderecki made his journey to conduct a major work of his, the “St. Luke Passion.”

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On A Dome of Many-Coloured Glass...

The Houston Chamber Choir premiered Dominick DiOrio's "A Dome of Many-Coloured Glass", a four-movement robust choral virtuosic showcase inspired by the imagist poetry of turn-of-the-century Nobel Laureate Amy Lowell. When he said that he had written for a professional choir who could do just about anything, he wasn't kidding."

-- Joel Luks, CultureMap

On Alleluia...

I personally remain suspicious when perusing any copy of new music with the title "Alleluia" after Randall Thompson as it is hard to say more than he did, strictly in the choral idiom, so long ago. That being said, I too can evolve and Dominick DiOrio has crafted a thrilling new treatment worthy of attention and praise."

-- Sean Burton, Iowa ACDA Summer Symposium

On "Stabat mater dolorosa..."...

DiOrio’s setting is highly effective, in a lucid modern idiom, with Near’s sweet tone well conveying the placid denial of brutal reality... The Ave Maria is one of the most striking modern settings we have heard, and was our favorite bit of music for the evening.

-- Vance R. Koven, Boston Musical Intelligencer

On Klytemnestra: the original subversive female...

Dominick’s music has a dramatic complexity and depth that really resonates with me. Klytemnestra’s music has an interwoven quality – web-like, veiled, cyclical, a masterful interplay between the parts. The music is deeply psychological and reflective of a Greek heroine.

-- Misha Penton, artistic director of Divergence Vocal Theater, courtesy of Sequenza21 and Chris Becker