I just completed a commission for an art song based on the Joyce Kilmer poem The House With Nobody In It. It was commissioned by the Phildelphia-based ensemble illumine, a family-based trio of mezzo-soprano, violin and piano. The premiere of the work is scheduled for sometime in the early Spring of 2018.
Other works recently completed and added to the website this summer and fall include the following:
Poochie's Waltz for jazz quintet (flugelhorn, tenor sax, piano, bass, drums)
Inky & Marie for jazz quintet (flugelhorn, tenor sax, piano, bass, drums)
Dear Della Mae for jazz quintet (trumpet, tenor sax, piano, bass drums)
Carmina solis et lunae for violin, viola, contrabass
Intervals for flute, trumpet in C, 2 trombones, tuba, xylophone, 2 marimbas (8 hands)
Dappled light 'mid mountains gleams for saxophone quartet (soprano, alto, tenor, baritone)
New works in progress:
The Bird Lady, an opera in two acts. A short synopsis is as follows:
A universal story about opposites, self-sacrifice and the struggle to protect what one loves. An eccentric young woman known as the Bird Lady lives a life of timeless simplicity in a well-tended garden with only her equally eccentric old gardener for human company -- until a brash young man determined to build his dream home buys the adjoining lot. When the Bird Lady and her new neighbor clash over the felling of a tree planted squarely on the property line, sparks fly.
The libretto is by Germaine Shames, with additional lyrics by Linda Marcus and Julie Meyers. The story sprung from the imaginations of the composer and the librettist as inspired by the lyrics of Marcus and Meyers (Mourning Dove and The Hummingbird). The hopeful (optimistic) completion date of the opera is sometime in mid-2018.
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