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An interview about "I Never Saw Another Butterfly" - conducted by soprano Malinda Haslett

Prior to Malinda Haslett and Terry Ewell's performance of I Never Saw Another Butterfly on March 15, 2017 at Towson University, Malinda interviewed me about the composition of my Butterfly cycle. 
Terry filmed us, and the interview is now posted on YouTube, interspersed with portions of their performance.

This Holocaust-themed cycle, composed in 1996, sets the poetry of children who were killed in the Terezin Concentration Camp. The original cycle was written for soprano Lauren Wagner and saxophonist Gary Louie, who did the premiere recording for my Mystery CD, released by Albany Records in 2000.
Additional versions are scored for soprano with clarinet, and soprano with bassoon. I feel so fortunate that each version has been recorded multiple times. 
For Part 1 of the interview, please click here.
For Part 2 of the interview, please click here.

New Recordings of "Fresh Patterns" and "Wider Than The Sky"

In late March, 2017, my song cycle "Fresh Patterns," settings of Emily Dickinson and Annie Finch, will be recorded by sopranos Alisa Jordheim and Patrice Michaels and pianist Andrew Rosenblum. Patrice and Andrew will also be recording "Wider Than The Sky," from Two Dickinson Songs, as part of a CD tribute to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.


Eastman Opera Outreach to perform "The Three Feathers, Abridged"

On April 4, 2017, Eastman Opera Outreach of The Eastman School of Music will perform the abridged version of my family opera The Three Feathers at the George Mather Forbes Elementary School in Rochester, NY.

The opera, to a libretto by Dana Gioia, is based on a little known fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. It was commissioned by The Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech, and premiered there in October 2014 in a production directed by Beth Greenberg and conducted by Scott Williamson.

Our hero is a shy young princess named Dora. A magic feather leads her to an enchanted Underworld ruled by a giant Frog King. Here she summons her courage and compassion to face a series of mysterious and comic adventures that change her life. Completing her quest, she saves her father's kingdom from the plots of her selfish sisters and earns the right to the crown.

The Abriged version is scored for 7 singers and piano and is approximately 45 minutes in length.

To view highlights from the premiere, please click here.

To view the premiere, please click here.



The Scarlet Letter: On Colorado Public Radio's 2016 in Review: 5 Classical Music Stories We're Still Talking About

Colorado Public Radio's feature: 2016 in Review: 5 Classical Music Stories We're Still Talking About includes The Scarlet Letter. This lovely feature by Jean Inaba includes excerpts from interviews with me and librettist David Mason, as well as excerpts from the opera.

To listen, please click here


"Are Women People?" to premiere March 5, 2017 at Eastman School of Music

Are Women People? is a song cycle celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Women's Right to Vote in New York State. It was commissioned by The Hanson Institute for American Music at the Eastman School of Music and the Susan B. Anthony Center for Women's Leadership. The premiere will take place on March 5, 2015 at 3 pm in Kilbourn Hall at The Eastman School of Music.
The cycle sets the poetry of Alice Duer Miller (1874-1942), an American writer whose satirical feminist verses influenced American political opinions; portions of a speech by Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906); and the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote. The work is approximately 13 minutes long, and is scored for SATB vocal quartet and piano 4-hands. Embedded within the cycle is a miniature, excerptable a cappella cycle, entitled The Power to Vote.
On the evening of March 4, 2017, I will also be giving a lecture about my opera The Scarlet Letter.