One of the songs we'll sing on our FREE AND EASY Concert, May 7 and 8, 2016 is a setting by Matthew Harris of W.B. Yeats' poem A Drinking Song. Matthew set A Drinking Song as a samba. It is the fourth and final song of his Love Songs for Men's Chorus, a cappella.
Matthew Harris's highly popular choral works have been commissioned or premiered by leading choruses such as the Dale Warland Singers, Phoenix Bach Choir, Los Angeles Chamber Singers, Western Wind, and Cantori New York, and sung by countless school and community choirs across America. His A Child's Christmas in Wales, a cantata for chorus and orchestra commissioned by Harmonium, is performed throughout the US and UK.
Other commissions have come from the Fromm Foundation/Aspen Music Festival (where he was a guest composer), Verdehr Trio, Modesto Symphony Orchestra, Haydn-Mozart Orchestra, American Composers Forum, Schubert Club and US-Mexico Cultural Fund.
Mr. Harris studied at The Juilliard School, New England Conservatory and Harvard University, and has taught at Fordham University and Kingsborough College, CUNY. In 1988 founded Harris Musicology. He currently teaches at Brooklyn College, CUNY and New York City College of Technology, CUNY.
Be sure to click on the photo to visit Matthew's website, where you can read his complete bio and sample his music.