Born 1990 in Uzbekistan
Composed in 2022 for the Redlands Symphony | 12 minutes
Scored for 2 flute (with piccolo), oboe, English Horn, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons (with contrabassoon), 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion, and strings
Born 1821 in Lviv, Ukraine. Died 1883 in Baden bei Wien, Austria.
Composed in 1870| 12 minutes
Scored for solo flute, flute, oboe, 2 clarinets, bassoon, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, and strings
Rollins: Born 1906 in Scottdale, PA. Died 1973 in Cincinnati, OH.
Nelson: Born 1907 in New York, NY. Died 1981 in Armonk, NY.
Composed in 1950 | 2 minutes
Scored for 2 flutes, oboe, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, bassoon, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion, piano, and strings
Humanity spreads beyond the borders and nations. As an immigrant and a citizen of this country I strongly wish for all people to be treated equally humanly, regardless of which country they are coming from. A place of birth is not one's choice, and it is each person's right to seek help.
It is heartbreaking, however, to know that the most vulnerable of us - the desperate young parents and children who had to escape from extremely difficult life situations - are faced with intolerable conditions. Worst of all, they are forcefully separated, and for many of them the whereabouts of each other remain forever unknown. We are a country of immigrants; and immigration constantly strengthens our society in various areas and levels. We promote our nation as the one with high humanistic standards, values of equality, power of people. And we do have tools, both material and spiritual, to sympathize, to help, to develop a better system that will be free of inhumane treatment of those, who already had enough suffering.
Status Pending is a musical composition and also a statement, a collage of stories, a call for action, a lament, that is based on refugee interviews from several detention centers for children located in the U.S./Mexico border. The interviews were collected by Clara Long, a human rights activist, a detention monitor and legal consultant, who visited children detained in Texas, Florida, Arizona, and California. These materials were framed into an inspiring text created by my collaborator, Greek dramaturg and librettist Antigoni Gaitana. Aside from expressing the emotional journey of the text through the music and unfolding the dramatic structure of the piece, I focused on the juxtapositions of the notions 'I' and 'We', 'Us' and 'Them'. I believe that once we all erase the boundaries of separating people into groups based on aspects that one has no control of and fully realize and embrace humanity similar on the large scale and different as of each individual, we will be able to accept the shared responsibility and together stop this brutal mistreatment.
At the end, history repeats, as we were all "immigrants once".
Program Note by Liliya Ugay
The Inland Master Chorale brings together more than seventy talented vocalists from throughout the Inland Empire. First formed in March 1980, the Chorale has since provided exciting, quality musical experiences in a variety of genres for audiences in the Inland Empire, California, Washington, England, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. In 2017, Dr. Joseph Modica was selected to lead the Chorale into a new era of achievement. Founding Director Roger W. Duffer led the group for 37 years. During his tenure, the chorale earned regional, national and international recognition.
Described as "evocative," "fluid and theatrical... the music [that] makes its case with immediacy" (Washington Post and The Arts Fuse) as well as both "assertive and steely," and "lovely, supple writing" (Wall Street Journal) that “tugs at our heart strings” (OperaGene), music by Liliya Ugay has been performed in many countries around the globe. Ugay has collaborated with the Nashville Symphony, Albany Symphony, American Composers Orchestra, New England Philharmonic, Yale Philharmonia, Raleigh Civic Symphony, Norfolk Festival Choir, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Unheard-Of//Ensemble, Molinari Quartet, Icarus quartet, Antico Moderno, Omnibus ensemble, Andrea Lam, and Paul Neubauer among others.
Her compositions have been featured at the Aspen, Norfolk, CULTIVATE, American Composers, Chelsea, New York Electroacoustic Music, June in Buffalo, and Darmstadt New Music festivals, as well as the 52nd Venice Biennale. She completed residencies with Washington National Opera and American Lyric Theater; the companies presented her operatic works on the stages of John Kennedy Center Terrace Theater and Merkin Concert Hall. Liliya has received awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, ASCAP, Yale University, and the Woodruff Foundation; she was also a finalist for the 2019 Rome Prize. In addition, Liliya was a prizewinner of many international composition and piano competitions in the USA, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Norway, and Russia. One of her passions as a pianist is to promote the music of repressed Soviet composers in her concert series Silenced Voices, for which she received guidance from Boris Berman.
Originally from Uzbekistan (a former part of the USSR) and raised in the Tatar/Korean music family, Liliya is particularly inspired by the topics of immigration, motherhood, cultural diversity, and geographic inequality. Liliya serves as an Assistant Professor of Composition and director of the Polymorphia ensemble of new music at the Florida State University. Currently, Liliya works on a monodrama commissioned by Opera America IDEA grant, and a large choral-orchestral work commissioned by Redlands Symphony and National Endowment of the Arts. Ugay holds composition degrees from the Yale School of Music studying with Aaron Jay Kernis, Martin Bresnick, Hannah Lash, Christopher Theofanidis, and David Lang; and piano performance degree from Columbus State University studying with Alexander Kobrin. Liliya splits her time between music and family as a mother of a toddler.