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Thursday
Mar302017

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.
Tuesday
Mar212017

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.

Monday
Feb272017

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

Thursday
Dec292016

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

Wednesday
Dec282016

"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.