Sierra interview from Fanfare Magazine
by Robert Schulslaper
Fanfare, November/December 2011
If an ever-expanding number of commissions coupled with worldwide performances by prominent orchestras, instrumental groups, and soloists are any indication, Arlene Sierra is a rising star in the world of contemporary music. Her youthful appearance, engaging personality, and easy laugh virtually guaranteed that a pleasant conversation would follow as we began to discuss her career. As she is fascinated by natural phenomena, scientifically aware, international in outlook, and has a background in dance that’s given her an appreciation of the interaction of music and movement, we could only touch on her myriad interests. Nonetheless, there’s plenty of food for thought in even her casual remarks. We spoke in Greenwich Village in May, just before the presentation by New York City Opera Vox of her work in progress, Faustine.
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