Clayton Horath is a composer who currently lives in Crete, Illinois and whose musical arrangements have most recently been performed at The Chicago Theater Building, as well as by numerous vocal ensembles within the Midwestern United States.
Clayton J Horath (composer, director) is proud to debut his first 'chamber music experience' with Sign of the Times. He has been active in the music community for many years—acting as organist and soloist in his church, as Associate Director for the Lutheran Festival Chorus, and as a composer. He has composed music for Concordia University-Chicago, Collage Productions, the Lutheran Festival Chorus and others. His pieces include: Cantata of Lamentations for mixed chorus; Mass for the Trinity for chorus, organ, piano, violin and flute; The Long Day Sessions for piano and piano duet—written to accompany Collage Productions presentation of Long Day's Journey into Night; as well as arrangements of hymns, carols and other music for choir, brass, piano and organ. In addition, Clayton is the musical director, orchestrator, and arranger of And Then Again, a new musical by Huck Walton.
Sign of the Times is a paradoxical post-modern chamber opera composed by Clayton Horath based upon a libretto by Jeff Helgeson. The piece is set within a stark, art gallery like environment containing only a large mirror, a vanity table, a short flight of stairs, and a painter's easel. Exploring a wide range of musical motifs derived from the text itself, the piece seeks to both explore and comment upon notions that are central to the sense and sensibilities of a highly technological era within which virtually all ideas are thought be both derivative and non-referential.
Sign of the Times is being performed at Peter Jones Gallery on October 25.