Eric Funk is an accomplished American contemporary classical composer and conductor. Over the years his extensive catalog of 140 works has included nine symphonies, three operas, six ballet scores, three large works for chorus and orchestra, 13 concertos, several orchestral tone poems, numerous works for chamber ensembles, solo instruments, and vocal works. Funk’s works have earned him numerous awards and commissions including 13 ASCAP Standard Awards, the 2001 Governor’s Award for the Arts (Montana), and three Arts Commission Fellowships.
Dr. Lori Brown Mirabal is an internationally accomplished mezzo-soprano, scholar, and music educator. Her career has led her to work with legendary opera and music theater luminaries such as Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Hal Prince, Susan Stroman, and Cab Calloway. Recently she premiered the role of “Adelaide Bobo” in the opera Les Negres at Opera de Lyon in France.
This new piece follows the success of Funk’s piece for Mezzo-soprano and wind ensemble titled “Harriet Jacobs- A Tribute.” The piece drew inspiration from the novel “Incidents In the Life of a Slave Girl” written in 1858 by Harriet Jacobs. It tells how she escaped slavery and hid in an attic space for seven years watching her children grow up in secret. Funk brought Mirabal to Bozeman to perform the piece, which proved to be a success.
Funk and Mirabal have reconnected to create the second part of their artistic message, integrating new text from contemporary viewpoints on race in the US, and culminating in a new version of the piece for multiple voices and symphony orchestra.
Welcome, Eric and Lori!