From Bjork to Black Holes: Kevin Puts and Brett Mitchell on Classical Composition in the 21st Century

November 14, 2019

CPR's Monika Vischer welcomed two old friends to the CPR Performance Studio: Pulitzer Prize winning composer Kevin Puts and Colorado Symphony Music Director Brett Mitchell. Taking turns at the piano, they investigated the mystical process of composing: turning inspiration into music.

Puts won the Pulitzer Prize in Music for his 2011 opera, Silent Night, about the famous "Christmas Truce" of 1914. He talked about his influences, from Beethoven to Bjork. He then demonstrated on the spot on our 9-foot Steinway how he’d go about writing a brand new work.

Monika Vischer interviews Brett Mitchell and Kevin Puts - CPR Classical
Kevin Puts sits in front of a microphone while Brett Mitchell sits at the piano in the CPR Performance StudioColorado Symphony
Kevin Puts with Brett Mitchell at the piano

Mitchell and the Colorado Symphony present the Colorado premiere of Puts' piece, The Brightness of Light, with soprano Renée Fleming and baritone Rod Gilfry on November 15th and 17th.  The inspiration behind this piece: intimate letters between artist Georgia O’Keeffe and her husband Alfred Stieglitz.

Monika Vischer
Brett Mitchell and Kevin Puts