Gather Round the Table

Yesterday morning, I was listening to Colorado Public Radio’s classical music stream. It’s a station often recommended to me by a dear friend who lives there.

At one point, CPR Classical host David Ginder played a new piece by American pianist, composer, music scholar and author Bruce Adolphe, titled “Gather Round the Table.” Adolphe set to music a poem by Sri Lanka-born poet, editor and lecturer Pireeni Sundaralingam. A recording of it features two American performers, soprano Susanna Phillips and pianist Myra Hung.

I post a classical piece of music every Sunday, but today I’m making an exception and posting another because this one impressed me so much and I really wanted to share it with you. “Gather Round the Table” is a beautiful piece, described on Adolphe’s website as “a song of yearning during the pandemic.” Phillips’ singing of it is exquisite, as is Hung’s piano accompaniment.

Adolphe has composed music for Sylvia McNair, Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma and many other notable performers. I hope he makes today’s piece available for sale as I would love to buy a digital copy for my music collection. (If I discover it does become available, I’ll add an update to this post.)

Now you know a little about why this is my Song of the Day for Today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.

To listen to the piece and read the poem, please visit the Featured Audio page on the Bruce Adolphe website.

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