The title of the work, A Door Into The Dark…, is taken from the poem “The Forge” by Seamus Heaney. This piece explores both the literal depictions of metalworking and the metaphorical allusions to the creative process in the poem. The image is of the blacksmith at the forge: struggling to coax great beauty out of a piece of metal, using nothing but his hands, his hammers and great blasts of air from the bellows.
Peter Askim, composer, conductor and bassist, is the Artistic Director of the Next Festival of Emerging Artists and the conductor of the Raleigh Civic Symphony and Chamber Orchestra, as well as Director of Orchestral Activities at North Carolina State University. He was previously Music Director and Composer-in-Residence of the Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra. He has also been a member of the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra and served on the faculty of the University of Hawaii-Manoa, where he directed the Contemporary Music Ensemble and taught theory and composition. Mr. Askim studied at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna and holds bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees from Yale University, as well as a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Composition from the University of Texas at Austin.