THE NASHVILLE SCENE - Middle Tennessee composer Michael Linton is heading to Carnegie Hall, where his two new song cycles will receive their world-premiere performances on Monday night. Let’s hope New York City is ready for these spicy works.
Linton, a composition professor at Middle Tennessee State University, has set to music the original poetry and translations of contemporary Italian-American author Cody Franchetti. He’s also composed music to selected verse of the ancient Roman poet Catullus. Both works will present extreme technical challenges to the musicians. But the 17 songs of Catullus, which Linton has titled Carmina Catulli, will test the sensibilities of the audience as well.