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Friday
Feb012019

Grant Park Music Festival Chorus Commission - premiering July 18 and 22, 2019

I am thrilled to announce that I have been commissioned to write an a cappella chorus piece for The Grant Park Musical Festival Chorus with director Christopher Bell. The work will premiere July 18,2019 at the Columbus Park Refectory and will be repeated on July 22 at the South Shore Cultural Center in Chicago, IL.

The commission celebrates the 20th anniversary of Grant Park's artistic director and conductor Carlos Kalmar, and I chose to set the exquisite poem "Hands," by American poet Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962).

For more information, please click here, or here

Friday
Feb012019

Journey for alto saxophone and piano - now available on MusicaNeo

Journey started out as a song. Due to a misunderstanding with the poet, permission to set the poem was withdrawn. I then reworked the song as a solo for saxophone and piano. The poem was about a slave mother's harsh reality as she traveled on a slave boat from Africa, so I felt the timbre of the saxophone perfectly captured the sorrow of the original words.

The piece was recently recorded by saxophonist Gary Louie and pianist Kirsten Taylor, and will be part of my upcoming double CD set, to be released on Naxos in December of 2019.

PDFs are available through my page on MusicaNeo. Hard copies are sold and distributed through Glendower Jones at Classical Vocal Reprints. 

Thursday
Jan312019

Lullaby for alto saxophone and piano - now available on MusicaNeo

Lullaby, a short, sweet piece that I composed in 2000 for saxophonist Gary Louie and pianist Kirsten Taylor, is now availabe for sale here

Gary and Kirsten recently recorded this work for me. It will be on my upcoming double CD from Naxos, which has a tentative release date of December 2019.

 

 

Thursday
Jan242019

RBG in SONG — Live Stream, 7 pm on February 4, 2019 from the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC

The wonderful soprano/composer Patrice Michaels has created a one-hour dramatic concert based on her RBG in Song CD. Included is Patrice's masterful song cycle "The Long View," a musical portrait of RBG (who happens to be Patrice's mother-in-law). Also included is a new arrangement of my Dickinson song "Wider Than the Sky" — now orchestrated for soprano, clarinet, cello and piano. This will be a private event at The National Museum of Women in the Arts but you can catch the live stream of the 75 minute performance starting at 7 pm ET on February 4, 2019 with this link:

www.constitutioncenter.org/live

To hear excerpts or purchase the CD, please click here

 


 

Thursday
Jan172019

Wigmore Hall Recital with Kitty Whately and Simon Lepper — February 18, 2019

On February 18, 2019 at Wigmore Hall at 1 pm, mezzo-soprano Kitty Whately and pianist Simon Lepper will be presenting a recital, "From The Pens of Women." The songs to be performed include a wide range of settings of 20th century women writers. Included is my song "I was reading a scientific article" — from my cycle Orange Afternoon Lover, which sets the poetry of Margaret Atwood.
For more information, please click here.

 

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