|Big Pieces & Little Projects|
"Summertime, and the livin' is easy..." Great song, but not true for composers and conductors! I've returned to my 30+ minutes psalms for choir & orchestra written in Austria but set aside the last couple years. Meant to pair with Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms, it's getting the finishing touches at last! Meanwhile, my friends at the Stuttgart German-American Chorus have begun rehearsing "Ero Cras," the O Antiphons to perform in December for SATB & organ, which was a focus for me last summer. That's about 20 minutes in seven movements. June heard great premieres on both coasts of smaller pieces -- funny Shakespeare in California and devout Latin in Washington, D.C. Current projects include performing editions of Eustache du Caurroy, my latest obsession, for an upcoming reading session plus more wind quintet pieces. My day job's been super busy and satisfying, but now I'm making more time to compose. Stay tuned!
|New Year's News and Resolutions |
Time to reflect on the old year and look ahead to the new. The holidays saw the Meistersingers Chorale in Orange County, California, premiere "Ein Kind Geborn In Bethlehem" (A Baby Born In Bethlehem) for SSATBB. Earlier, Shepherd University (Shepherdstown, MD) premiered a men's choir arrangement of "Dona Nobis Pacem" and the Stuttgart German-American Chorus unveiled "Memories of Lincoln" for SATB & piano. Among several performances of other music, I was particularly excited by conductor Simon Carrington's inclusion of "Angele Dei" for his masterclass in Italy, the 3rd reprise of "Ecumenical Meditation" in Austria and the State Department T-Tones concert with some of my "Old American Beauties." 2014 will see another commission for Meistersingers — "My Mistress' Eyes," setting Shakespeare's funny Sonnet 130 (look it up) for SATB. The Stuttgart choir has commissioned a longer work, the "O Antiphons" for SATB and organ, which is done and already generating excitement. I'm also looking forward to a new a cappella motet on "O Sacrum Convivium" for St. Monica and St. James church in D.C., along with a new hymn. Stay tuned here and on Facebook for more news. Meanwhile, all the best to you and yours for a happy, halcyon and healthy New Year.