“Illuminating the Transcendent”

December 4, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Hermitage Artist Retreat Beach
6660 Manasota Key Road
FL 34223
“Illuminating the Transcendent” @ Hermitage Artist Retreat Beach


The Hermitage Artist Retreat continues its popular beachfront series with “Illuminating the Transcendent,” Friday, December 4, 5 p.m., at the Hermitage Beach, 6660 Manasota Key Road, Englewood.

This outdoor event features composers Krists Auznieks and Robert Pound (pictured), and poet Jason Schneiderman. These three artists-in-residence will share how they express complex and transcendent ideas and emotions through music and poetry as the sun sets over the Gulf of Mexico.

Admission is free but registration is required. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. Capacity will be limited to accommodate safe social distancing, so early reservations are recommended. Masks are strongly encouraged.

The New York City-based Latvian composer Krists Auznieks has been praised for his “exhilarating, stunning and luminous” music (San Francisco Classical Voice), possessing “astonishing complexity and beauty” (Broadway World), and “old-fashioned elegance” (Herald-Tribune). His quintet, “Piano,” was featured in The New York Times among the week’s best classical music moments; he is also a recipient of Aspen Music Festival’s Jacob Druckman Prize and the youngest composer to ever receive the Latvian Grand Music Award for best composition of the year. Recent commissions include works for the Atlanta Symphony and Bang on A Can Marathon; choral pieces for Cappella Amsterdam and Latvian Radio Choir; a guitar concerto for Sinfonietta Riga and JiJi;  works for the New York-based new music ensemble Unheard-Of; a multimedia work for Canadian soprano Meghan Lindsay, and a piece for the Los Angeles- based Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra. Auznieks’ music has been performed at prestigious concert halls and festivals around the world. He has served on the faculty of Yale School of Music as a lecturer of musicianship and analysis and has taught for NY Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers program.

Composer and conductor Robert Pound’s compositions include works for chamber, orchestra, band, vocal, and choral groups and have been featured by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Alarm Will Sound, and the Corigliano Quartet. Pound has served as guest conductor of the Atlanta Symphony and the June-in-Buffalo Festival. He is a professor of music at Dickinson College and director of the Dickinson Orchestra. For more information, visit RobertWPound.com.

Jason Schneiderman is the author of four books of poems: Hold Me Tight (2020), Primary Source (Red Hen Press 2016); Striking Surface (Ashland Poetry Press 2010); and Sublimation Point (Four Way Books 2004). He edited the anthology Queer: A Reader for Writers (Oxford University Press 2016). Schneiderman’s poetry and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including American Poetry Review, The Best American Poetry, Poetry London, Grand Street, and The Penguin Book of the Sonnet. He is an associate professor of English at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY. For more information, visit JasonSchneiderman.net.