Join the Cary Ratcliff fan club
By Brenda Tremblay ~ Posted Wed, 04/02/2008 - 9:07am
Cary Ratcliff writes by leaps and bounds. The lines of his songs might jump a fifth, slide back down, and hover around a series of pitches before leaping up again. Difficult to perform but easy on the ear. Lyrical.
He’s also a working composer, far from the dreaded ivory tower. On a gleaming black Steinway in his light-filled living room, Ratcliff's written music that’s been sung by thousands of singers of all ages and abilities. His children’s opera "Mice and Beans" is being staged April 26-27 in San Diego. New York City Opera will read Ratcliff’s “Eleni” in May, and in July, the Rochester Oratorio Society will take a section of the “Ode to Common Things” to Beijing and Shanghai.
Listen to an interview with Cary Ratcliff and flutist Rebecca Gilbert and see why I admire his sensibility so much.
Cary plays today with Rebecca on Live From Hochstein at noon.