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Thursday
Jul112019

The Royal Conservatory 2019 Voice Series Anthology

I am thrilled that the 2019 Edition of The Royal Conservatory's Voice Anthology includes my Emily Dickinson song If I....
This song is the last of my Four Dickinson Songs. My father, Milton Abraham Laitman, lived to be almost 100. This song was written as a birthday gift for his 80th birthday. It has become one of my most popular songs.
The anthology includes a CD of accompaniment recordings. For more information or to order the book, please click here.
Thursday
Jul112019

Edinburgh Fringe Festival performances mark the Scottish premiere of The Ocean of Eternity

Soprano Sally Carr, clarinetist Calum Robertson and pianist Anna Michels will be presenting the Scottish premiere of my song cycle The Ocean of Eternity (in a new arrangement for voice, clarinet and piano) at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The cycle sets the poetry of Sri Lankan poet Anne Ranasinghe.
All concerts are in Edinburgh - and will take place as follows:
August 3, 2019, at noon at The Scottish Arts Club
 
August 10, 2019 at 7:30 pm at St. Vincent's Chapel 
August 13, 2019 at 12:30 pm at St. Andrew's and St. George's West Church 
August 14, 2019 at 8 pm at Old Saint Paul's, Episcopal Church 
August 16, 2019 at 1 pm at St. Mary's Episcopal Church 
For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the Fringe Festival site
Wednesday
Jul032019

Upcoming production of The Three Feathers in Singapore

L'Arietta Productions will be producing the abridged version of The Three Feathers from November 18-24, 2019 under the artistic direction of Akiko Otao Larietta. This will mark the first time an opera composed by a woman will be performed in Singapore! 

Commissioned by the Center for the Arts at VA Tech, the opera is a re-telling of a Grimm's fairy tale by poet Dana Gioia. The story presents a young female protagonist, Princess Dora, as its hero. A magic feathers leads the shy, self-doubting princess 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.

Below, a photo from the premiere at The Center for the Arts at VA Tech from October 2014, in a production directed by Beth Greenberg and conducted by Scott Williamson:

 

Saturday
May112019

Lullaby selected for inclusion in NewMusicShelf's Alto Saxophone Anthology

Lullaby,  composed in 2000 for saxophonist Gary Louie and pianist Kirsten Taylor, was selected to be part of NewMusicShelf's Alto Saxophone Anthology. Also included are 15 other works by Stephanie Ann Boyd, Wes Flinn, Nick Gianopoulos, Anthony Green, Chiayu Hsu, Quinn Mason, Aaron Jay Myers, Garrett Shatzer, Clare Shore, Aleks Sternfeld-Dunn, Cassie Wieland, Chelsea Williamson, Tetsuya Yamamoto, and Roger Zare. Dennis Tobenski organized the project and Alan Theisen curated. 
All the works will be performed by Alan Theisen and Marianne Parker in New York City early in January 2020. More details soon.
To pre-order the anthology, click here
Friday
Mar012019

Dual premieres for Partial Lunar Eclipse, SATB and piano

I have been jointly commissioned by the Alexandria Choral Society with Brian Isaac, Artistic Director and Virginia Choral Society with Sarah Gallo, Artistic Director, to re-envision my song Partial Lunar Eclipse (poem by Anne Ranasinghe) from the cycle And Music Will Not End. Two premieres are scheduled: The Virginia Choral Society will premiere the work on May 4, 2019 at 4 pm at the Hampton Roads Academy in Hampton, VA, as part of their program called The Pale Blue Dot. On May 18, 2019 at 7:30 pm at the Convergence Arts Initiative in Alexandria, VA, the Alexandria Choral Society will premiere the work on their program entitled An Infinite Universe.