SOUNDING 2020: 2016

We Are Seneca Lake Sounding2020The first of it's commissions Sounding 2020 launched a crowdsourcing campaign to raise funds for the commissioning a of a work specifically to promote the work of The We Are Seneca Lake, a grassroots organization working to protect Seneca Lake and the surrounding area from fracked gas storage expansion. Crowdfunded by 31 generous donors, the project brings together the musical talents of Ithaca-based artists, composer Kathleen Ballantyne, poet Melissa Tuckey and mezzo soprano Ivy Walz. The composition will be recorded by the GrassRoots Festival Orchestra by Fingerlakes Recording and given to We Are Seneca Lake to use in their campaign.
Melissa Tuckey Ithaca-based poet, Melissa Tuckey is author of Tenuous Chapel, an award winning book of poems selected by Charles Simic for the ABZ Press first book prize (May 2013) and Rope As Witness (chapbook: Pudding House Press, 2007). She is a fellow at Black Earth Institute. Other honors include a Winter Fellowship at Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, writing awards from DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and Ohio Arts Council, and a residency at Blue Mountain Center...READ MORE on her Website.
Kathleen Ballantyne Ithaca-based composer Kathleen Ballantyne made her debut as a composer with Women's Works of Ithaca in March 2014 with Petition, a choral work based on an 1874 petition to the US government in support of women's suffrage. Recent premieres of her works include "Because My Love is Come to Me" with the NYSSMA Zone 2 Area All-State Jr. High Women's Chorale and “Pirate Story” with the Ithaca Children and Youth Chorus. Her music is published by Alfred Music Publishing and Heritage Music Press...READ MORE on her Website.
Ivy Walz Ivy Walz, mezzo soprano is a performer of dramatic intrigue and musical sophistication. She has performed on the opera stage with nationally acclaimed opera houses such as Cincinnati Opera, Syracuse Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, the Spoleto Festival and Tri-Cities Opera. A proponent of modern opera, she most recently performed the role of Helena in Il Sogno with the newly formed Opera Ithaca. A lauded oratorio artist, she has performed many solo roles with professional orchestras. Recent highlights include Handel’s Messiah with Symphoria, Mozart’s Requiem with Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, and Mozart's Mass in C minor with Cayuga Chamber Orchestra...READ MORE on her Website.