Composer Gabriela Lena Frank unveils new work at world premiere concert in the Williams Center for the Arts at Lafayette College, Easton, PA.Pre-concert talk features presentations by students inspired by Frank’s commission

Award-winning composer Gabriela Lena Frank presents an original major work based on the poetry of Pablo Antonio Cuadra at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 13 in Lafayette’s Williams Center for the Arts.

She composed “Songs of Cifar and the Sweet Sea” for the Lafayette Choirs. The world premiere concert features Lafayette Choirs, Concord Chamber Singers, international soloists Andrew Garland and Susanna Eyton-Jones, Grammy awarded Chiara String Quartet, concert pianists Molly Morkoski and Holly Roadfeldt on two pianos, and conducted by Jennifer Kelly.

This event is free and open to the public, but seats are limited. Tickets can be reserved by calling the Williams Center box office at (610) 330-5009.

A 2 p.m. pre-concert lecture in the Williams Center features students presenting their work inspired by Frank’s commission.

“Songs of Cifar and the Sweet Sea” is the result of Frank’s residency at Lafayette. Over the past year, she has taken part in an interdisciplinary arts symposium, conducted several master classes, and visited various classes to discuss creative process.

Jennifer Kelly, associate professor and director of the Lafayette Choral Program, featured Frank in her book, In Her Own Words: Conversations with Composers in the United States.

The concert is sponsored by Lafayette College and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


Lafayette press contact: Kathleen Parrish, (610) 330-5524,
Gabriela Lena Frank press contact: Jennifer Kelly, (610) 330-5677,

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Kathleen Parrish
Associate Director of Media Relations
Lafayette College
Communications Division
Easton, PA 18042

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