The Origin News and Reviews

February 2012

A excellent review of The Origin's German premiere in Bremen from the Weser-Kurier

September 2010

New CD available! Music from THE ORIGIN

The new 2010 release of THE ORIGIN features six songs from the full work performed acapella by the acclaimed female Balkan vocal ensemble KITKA. Be the first to purchase a signed hard copy of the new work by Richard Einhorn below. The CD is also available for purchase on iTunes and other online digital stores.


April 2009

'Origin' TV broadcast on WCNY

On Sunday, June 14th at 11:00PM, WCNY-TV will air a documentary on the making and permiere of The Origin. Go to WCNY's Broadcast Coverage and Channels Information to see if you can view the broadcast.

2-hour 'Origin' special on Classic-FM

On Saturday, June 20th from 6:00-8:00PM, WCNY-FM "Classic-FM" will program a 2-hour special of The Origin. The program will be part of an ongoing series called "The Concert Hall with Bill Baker." Go to WCNY-FM's Listen Now page to hear the program! You can also listen to Classic-FM on 91.3 in Syracuse, 89.5 in Utica, and 90.9 in Washington.

March 2009

TV News coverage of 'Origin'

Station News 10 of central New York was at SUNY Oswego to cover the premiere of The Origin. Watch the story on or download the video. (Mac users will need Flip4Mac to view properly)

World premiere of 'Origin' a huge success

On February 6 and 7, the State University of New York at Oswego presented the world premiere of Richard Einhorn's new opera/oratorio: The Origin. Under the musical direction of Julie Pretzat, this 105-minute work featured such artists as filmmaker Bill Morrison, the Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble, soprano Jacqueline Horner, and baritone Eric Johnson. The performance also included several Oswego ensembles, such as the SUNY Oswego College Choir, Oswego College-Community Orchestra, and the Oswego Festival Chorus. Local reporters from various newspapers and television news stations were there to cover the event. In addition, WCNY-TV filmed the performance for a special broadcast in April 2009. To see what they said, click on these links:

Darwin's work evolves into music - The Post-Standard

Composer's opera-oratorio honors Charles Darwin - The Post-Journal (AP)

World premiere of 'Origin' presents Darwin's life, work -

On the origins of 'Origin' - The Post-Standard

Musical epic evolves at Oswego - The Post-Standard

'The Origin' teams music students and professionals -

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April 2008

The creation of The Origin

Richard is composing The Origin, a new multimedia oratorio about the life of Charles Darwin. The Origin will feature the women's ensemble Kitka and soprano Jacqueline Horner and will include films by Bill Morrison.

"This is the first full-length musical work on the life of the groundbreaking scientist," according to Einhorn.

The premiere will take place in February 2009, which is the bicentennial month of Darwin's birth. The work is presented by ARTSwego under the direction of Dr. Julie Pretzat. Funding for The Origin was made possible by grants from Meet the Composer, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Music Fund.