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Jake Runestad Releases New Work and Video

Jake RunestadIn April, Jake Runestad (MM ’11, Composition; MM ’12, Music Theory Pedagogy) released a new piece called “Elegy” — music about loss. Conductor John Byun asked Runestad to create a musical work to remember his unborn twin girls. This work explores a tradition called keening, found in numerous cultures around the globe, in which a mournful lament is sung as part of a ritual honoring those who have passed on before us. Runestad released a video of its performance by Byun and the Riverside City College Chamber Singers from the 2020 American Choral Directors Association’s Western Region Conference in early March.

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