The outstanding Kassia ensemble has commissioned me to compose Kassia’s Song, the first piece composed for their entire sparkling ensemble of clarinet, harp and string quintet! I am especially excited to create this piece inspired by the historical Kassia, the 9th-century Abbess, poet and hymnographer, the only woman whose hymns are included in the Eastern Orthodox Church liturgy, and the first woman whose music has survived until now! I will build this piece from rhythmic motives from readings of her poetry in the original Greek, and will incorporate fragments of her captivating music. This ensemble affords a wealth of timbral beauty, and it promises to be a wonderful collaboration. Stay tuned for the premiere date!