Anne Harris, a coloratura soprano who sang a small role in UNM’s Carmen
last month, made a spectacular showpiece out of Star
, a chamber work by Peter Lieuwen. Lieuwen, composer-in-residence at Texas A&M, set a text by Dallas poet Joanne Whitebird in a disjunct, angular and eruptive manner reminiscent of the avant garde style of 20 years ago. Lieuwen’s piece had euphonious logic under its spiky surface however – this is how some of those old scream-and-boom pieces should have sounded perhaps.