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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.

The Scarlet Letter, Abridged — at the 2017 West Chester University Poetry Conference

The 2017 West Chester University Poetry Conference will take place from June 7-10, 2017 at West Chester University in West Chester, PA. The final concert will take place on June 10th at 7:30 pm at the Madeline Adler Theatre on campus, and will feature The Scarlet Letter, Abridged. This work, commissioned by Opera Colorado for their Young Artists, was adapted from the complete opera. It is approximately one hour long and is arranged for five singers and piano. The libretto is by my esteemed colleague David Mason.
R.S. ("Sam") Gwynn is the Program Director for the conference. The performers will include students from West Chester University. More details to follow.