Ruth Bader Ginsburg Celebrated Through Songs on New Album by Soprano Patrice Michaels on Cedille Records
Soprano Patrice Michaels and pianist Kuang-Hao Huang offer a collection of songs saluting U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on her completion of 25 years on the high court on Notorious RBG in Song, a new album from Cedille Records.
A longtime crusader for equal rights, Ginsburg has become a pop-culture icon known to her fans as “Notorious RBG,” a wry nod to the late rap artist The Notorious B.I.G.
Notorious RBG in Song, available June 8, 2018, features works by five contemporary American composers celebrating Justice Ginsburg’s family and professional life. These include Patrice Michaels’ THE LONG VIEW: A Portrait of Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Nine Songs; Lori Laitman’s “Wider than the Sky”; Vivian Fung’s “Pot Roast à La RBG”; Stacy Garrop’s “My Dearest Ruth”; and Derrick Wang’s “You Are Searching in Vain for a Bright-Line Solution.” All but two of the songs — “Anita’s Story,” now incorporated into Michaels’ song cycle, and “Wider than the Sky” — are world-premiere recordings.
Michaels, who conceived the album, studied composition with Dominick Argento and others, but put aside this creative pursuit in favor of a classical singing career — until recently. The album’s centerpiece is her cycle, THE LONG VIEW, which reveals key aspects of Justice Ginsburg’s personal life and career through letters, remembrances, conversations, and even Court opinions. Michaels’ extensive research to construct a concise but detailed narrative was aided by her unique relationship to the subject: she’s married to Justice Ginsburg’s son, James, founder and president of Cedille Records and the album’s producer. Visit Notorious RBG in Song.