New CD of songs by Ricky Ian Gordon performed by the fabulous Melanie Helton and composer at the piano. The crown jewel of this CD is a world-premiere recording of “and flowers pick themselves” (Five Songs for Soprano and Orchestra on Poetry by e. e. cummings)
with Michigan State University Symphony Orchestra, Raphael Jimenez, conductor
The live broadcast from the studio of 89 FM Impact with Berl Schwarz and Lawrence Cosentino interviewing Melanie Helton, Ricky Ian Gordon and Sergei Kvitko about "and flowers pick themselves" CD and CD launch concert. October 15, 2008
On October 19th, 2008 Playbill Arts in New York City announced the release of "and flowers pick themselves" CD as well as the concert celebrating the event.
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New York composer, MSU diva bring 25-year friendship full circle with CD, concert
By LAWRENCE COSENTINO
When Ricky Ian Gordon and Melanie Helton got a second chance at making music together, they didn’t blow it. They blew it up — into an apotheosis.
That last word is Gordon’s. He’s not the blasé type. “I’m as proud of that as I am of any other recording I’ve made,” said Gordon of his new CD, "and flowers pick themselves," recorded in Lansing with Melanie Helton, a soprano who is the director of opera theater at MSU's School of Music, and the MSU Symphony this spring at producer Sergei Kvitko’s Blue Griffin Recording studio.
What a pleasure to hear wonderful music made by two gifted artists who know and love each other so well, and communicate on such a deep level with joy and passion. I loved every moment and will listen again and again.