"...Sigh, America – what can our country's artists tell us about ourselves? Spectrum Dance Theater, based in Seattle and headed by revered contemporary choreographer Donald Byrd, joined the top-notch New York-based Aeolus Quartet at the University of Texas for two performances of Byrd's dances to music by American composers. The dances were as varied as the music by Charles Ives, Aaron Copland, Vincent Persichetti, Charles Wuorinen, and Yevgeniy Sharlat..."
"...First up are UT's Chamber Singers, a choir with a strong grounding in the material, having already recorded one CD of American choral music for the Naxos label and set to record a second in May. Their program which commemorates the 50th anniversary of the ensemble's founding will range from folk songs arranged by Aaron Copland, George Mead, and Mark Wilberg to Lukas Foss' Psalms and Vincent Persichetti's Mass to Irving Fine's The Hour-Glass, William Bolcom's The Mask, and the Walt Whitman-inspired Carols of Death, by William Schuman..."