James Tobin asks:
>Tell us about Kellogg. He seems to have only one work recorded.
I don't know an awful lot about him. I've heard a grand total of two
works: the minor hit Divinum Mysterium (the work that's been recorded)
and a piano trio, Ora Perpetuo, I happened to catch in concert. Obviously,
religion inspires his music. He studied with Rorem, Schwantner, and
Jennifer Higdon, among others, not a bad group to learn from. He's
still, from my vantage point, a kid, but his music is astonishingly
assured. I recommend the Divinum Mysterium CD. I wrote a review of it
for somebody, but it got creamed in Katrina. Eighth blackbird, the group
that commissioned it, is one extraordinary ensemble. It may be my
favorite contemporary-music organization.