About Lila Meretzky

Lila Meretzky is a composer from New York City, currently in her sophomore year at Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music. She also studies German, and is president of the Blair Composers Forum. Her other musical pursuits include conducting, singing, and playing piano and oboe. Lila is a voracious reader, and once had to dump out an entire backpack full of books while going through security at LaGuardia Airport.

The power of simplicity: Lang’s ‘the little match girl passion’

I would guess that more people can recite the Cinderella story than can outline War and Peace.  The latter endures in part because of its complexity, but simplicity tends to have a longer shelf life.  The little match girl passion (2007) by David Lang is a retelling of the classic children’s story by Hans Christian […]

Review: Nashville Opera delivers a powerful and intimate Susannah

Much like the perennial argument over who wrote the “Great American Novel,” there is a parallel debate about the “Great American Opera.” Susannah, a serious contender for the latter crown, was the focus of a Nashville Opera production last week at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. Carlisle Floyd’s 1955 opera is set in rural East […]

Music Review: Immigrant Composers are the Dreamers at Alias’ ‘Unbounded Creativity’ Concert

On Tuesday Feb.6 in Ingram Hall at the Blair School of Music, the local troupe of virtuoso classical musicians the Alias Chamber Ensemble presented a concert with a most uncreative title. The program was called “Unbounded Creativity,” which was a little like calling Albert Einstein very smart – it was true but unhelpful in explaining […]