|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.
|Old and New Pieces |
Time's flown; update's overdue! The Stuttgart German-American Community Chorus premieres "Memories of Lincoln" June 9. It's my 7'30" arrangement for SATB and piano of the great art song by William Neidlinger, for a concert commemorating the assassinated Presidents Kennedy and Lincoln. Meanwhile, the Reading (Pennsylvania) Choral Society is reprising "There's A Wideness in God's Mercy" for SATB and organ on March 3. This jaunty favorite dates from 1986! "Ecumenical Meditation" has gotten more performances in Austria, Serbia and Italy, which is exciting for spreading the message of religious tolerance. Next season I have commissions in the works for California and Spain. These include a longer setting of Psalm 27 in Latin for choir and strings as well as a Shakespeare text to be determined for an a cappella performance. And what have I been listening to? Mexican Colonial motets in "stile antico" that could be paired with a modern setting. I think those German part-songs are going to have to wait!