Kirke Mechem
Composer



Symphony No. 2, second movement: “Quodlibet”

Mechem’s first opera, Tartuffe, has been performed 400 times in six countries
"A distinctive voice... music of sheer inventiveness... a lengthy ovation."
Opera Now (London) on Tartuffe in Vienna


John Brown was premiered in 2008 by Lyric Opera Kansas City
“. . . .clutches music, history and the soul itself. . . his score swells into both requiem and celebration.
The crowd clapped so long and hard that hands grew sore.” — Pitch.com


Josef Krips premiered Mechem’s symphonies with the San Francisco Symphony
"A master symphonist... the audience reacted immediately."
Musical Observer, Russia on all-Mechem symphonic concert in Moscow


The Czech Quartet and New Zürich Quartet have toured with his String Quartet No. 1
“Extraordinary . . . to a degree that few modern American works equal, it held its own
with music of Beethoven and Smetana . . . searches sharply and deeply . . . with
fanciful touches of dance, caprice and humor.” — San Franciso Examiner


Mechem is often called the “dean of American choral composers”
“The finest in choral composition . . . he combines high artistic integrity with the ability
to communicate directly with performers and audience.” — Choral Journal