Premieres Across History: Fate Sisters (Musical Performance)

Special Event, 2023 World Premiere Musical Performance from Crowder Hall, sponsored by CUES and the Fred Fox School of Music


11 a.m. to noon, April 27, 2023


Premiere was initially livestreamed at 11am (AZ/Pacific) on April 27.

2023 World Premiere Banner for Fate Sisters

This 2023 World Premiere event is the fourth and final premiere sponsored by CUES and the Fred Fox School of Music, as part of Matthew Mugmon's CUES Distinguished Fellowship project.

Composed by Michael VinceFate Sisters is taken from Hesiod’s Theogony, translated by Richard Lattimore, with additional text by the composer.


11:00    Introductory remarks, by CUES Distinguished Fellow, Matthew Mugmon

11:10    Dress rehearsal of Fate Sisters, composed by Michael Vince

11:30    World Premiere of Fate Sisters


Composite of the 2023 World Premiere performers.

Aysen Milliogullari (Klotho), vocalist, Clarissa Smith (Lachesis), vocalist, Diana Peralta (Atropos), vocalist, Griffin Law, multimedia engineer

Composer's Program Note

Photo of Michael Vince

By Michael Vince

The Greeks of antiquity considered fate, like many other human concepts, as supernatural human-like entities named the Moirai. According to the myth, each of these three sisters plays a role in determining a human's lifespan. Klotho spins the thread of life, Lachesis measures the thread, and Atropos cuts the thread. In Fate Sisters, the music attempts to capture the ritualistic nature of this process, as well as the chaos that would come from the constant—and essential—spinning, measuring, and cutting. These powerful, fictional seamstresses are reflections of the real strength found within the feminine.


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