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Wednesday
Dec282016

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

Monday
Oct312016

Vedem Oratorio with Music of Remembrance, November 6, 2016, Benaroya Hall, Seattle

Tuesday
Oct112016

Lyrica Dialogues at Harvard University

On December 2, 2016, my song cycle Sable Pride, a setting of three poem by Countée Cullen, will be performed at the 2016 Lyrica Dialogues at Harvard University, which this year focuses on African-American art song, opera and operetta and choral repertory. The Dialogues will also commemorate Harvard's late Pastor Peter J. Gomes at the fifth anniversary of his untimely passing. The Keynote address will be given by the renowned tenor George Shirley.

Sable Pride was written for the brilliant counter-tenor Darryl Taylor. He and I were to have performed it, but due to an unexpected conflict, the work will now by performed by mezzo-soprano Eleni Matos with Paul-André Bempechat at the piano.

The preliminary program (8:30 a.m.-5:30 pm) will include talks by Theodore Albrecht, Naomi André, Gwynne Kushner Brown, Linda Rae Brown, Maestro Isaiah Jackson, Paul-André Bempechat, Martha Newline, Scott Piper and Louise Toppin.

The evening performance will take place at the Chapel of the Harvard Divinity School, 45 Francis Avenue in Cambridge, MA, at 7:30 pm. Singers include soprano Zuly Inirio, tenor Stanley Jackson and mezzo-soprano Eleni Matos. The concert will also feature the World Premiere of a commissioned work by Dr. Carson Cooman.

The conference was organized by Paul-André Bempechat, Artist-in-Residence at Leverett House at Harvard, in conjunction with the Harvard Divinity School and the Hutchins Center for African and African-American Research.

Friday
Sep232016

2018 Domenic J. Pellicciotti Opera Composition Prize Finals — now on YouTube

The finals for the 2018 Domenic J. Pellicciotti Opera Composition Prize at The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam were live-streamed on September 24, 2016.

Program A featured:

Albert Nobbs by composer Patrick Soluri and librettist Deborah Brevoort

followed by Mayo by composer & librettist Tom Cipullo.

Program B featured:

The Reef by composer Anthony Davis and librettist Joan Ross Sorkin

followed by Uncovered by composer Lori Laitman and librettist Leah Lax.

Many thanks to the brilliant faculty and students at SUNY Purchase, especially conductor and music director of the Crane Opera Ensemble, Kirk Severtson, and pianist Francois Germain.

Thanks to the 2018 Selection Committee: Dramaturg Cori Ellison (Staff dramaturg at Glyndebourne Festival Opera and former dramaturg at New York City Opera from 1997-2010), Librettist Mark Campbell (award-winning opera librettist and winner (along with composer Martin Hennessy) of the 2014 Pellicciotti Prize), Pianist Francois Germain (vocal coach and piano faculty member at The Crane School of Music/vocal coach at University of Miam's Frost School of Music in Salzburg, Austria), Carleen Graham (former Distinguished Teaching Professor and director of The Crane Opera Ensemble/current Director of HGOco at Houston Grand), Nicole Paiement (Artistic Director of Opera Parallele in SF, principal guest conductor for the Dallas Opera), Conductor Kirk Severtson (professor and music director of The Crane Opera Ensemble), Composer Tim Sullivan (associate professor and chair of the Department of Music Theory, History and Composition at The Crane School of Music) and Darren K. Woods (General Director at Fort Worth Opera).

Most of all, thanks to Dr. Gary Jaquay, who founded this prize in memory of his life partner Domenic J. Pellicciotti, an ardent lover of opera. The prize is awarded every four years and seeks to encourage and acknowledge the creation of new operatic works that explore themes related to tolerance, inclusion or the celebration of diversity within an inclusive community.

Below are the links to access the archival videos.

Panel Discussion

Albert Nobbs

Mayo

The Reef

Uncovered

Wednesday
Sep072016

Tickets now available for The Baltimore Symphony's World Premiere of "Unsung"

Unsung, for orchestra, was commissioned in late 2015 by The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra with Marin Alsop, Music Director — as one of ten Centennial Celebration Commissions. The commissions celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

The World Premiere performances, conducted by Marin Alsop, will take place on three nights:

— September 29, 2016, 8 pm at Strathmore Hall in N. Bethesda, MD

— September 30, 2016, 8 pm at the Meyerhoff Concert Hall in Baltimore, MD and

— October 1, 2016 at 8 pm, also at the Meyerhoff in Baltimore.

To purchase tickets, please click here.