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Billy Childs

Renée Fleming VOICES: Billy Childs: Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro featuring Alicia Olatuja and Becca Stevens

Friday, March 31, 2017

Renée Fleming VOICES

Composer and pianist Billy Childs presents from his exquisite album interpreting the works of late songwriter and singer Laura Nyro. The album was recorded in conjunction with Renée Fleming and Yo-Yo Ma, both Kennedy Center Artistic Advisors. 

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Composer and pianist Billy Childs first heard the music of late songwriter and singer Laura Nyro as a child. Now, he presents selections from his exquisite album interpreting her cherished works, joined by vocalists Alicia Olatuja and Becca Stevens. The album was recorded in conjunction with Renée Fleming and Yo-Yo Ma, both Kennedy Center Artistic Advisors, and won a 2015 Grammy Award for its song "New York Tendaberry."

Says curator Renée Fleming:

"It was a thrill to join Billy Childs on the recording of Map to the Treasure with my Kennedy Center Artistic Advisor colleague Yo-Yo Ma. Billy is a brilliant pianist, composer, and arranger, and his interpretations of Nyro's songs are fresh and deeply moving."