Also just got a recording up of the new anthem for Christ Church. Check it out!]]>
Sunday, June 3 Christ Church United Methodist, 11am: Transfiguration Sunday receives its first-ever performance by the Christ Church Choir, Handbell Ensemble, a string quartet, and of course the ol’ organ. Steven Pilkington conducts this piece, which was commissioned by Christ Church.
Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10 Rhymes With Opera, both nights at 8pm: RWO presents our final shows of the season. 6/9 at the DiMenna Center (New York, NY), presented by NYsoundCircuit, and 6/10 at The Big Room (New Haven, CT). Check us out!
June 15 – June 17 Hong Kong Sinfonietta: the ever creative and collaborative HKS presents five concerts of “Music For Babies”, their popular hour-long program (or “programmmme” if you’re the British type) designed for 0-3 year olds and their parents. They’ll be performing another new commission called Clair de Lune on Hammer Hill at the City Hall Theatre.]]>
In the fall, I wrote a 7-minute (really slow) orchestra piece called Draw Close, But Speak Not, as my entry to this year’s American Composers Orchestra reading sessions competition. After that, I was commissioned by Steven Pilkington and Christ Church United Methodist for a new anthem for Transfiguration Sunday, which this year falls on February 19. The story of Transfiguration sees Jesus and three companions going on a hiking trip up a mountain, wherein Jesus’s visage becomes radiant. Moses and Elijah appears by his side (as was foretold), and God’s voice rings out, “This Is My Beloved Son; Hear Him!” I like drama, and I’d say this story is pret-ty dramatic. For the text, I mashed up bits of the Transfiguration story as found in the synoptic gospels, in the KJV.
The new piece, Transfiguration Sunday, is scored for mixed chorus, handbell choir (because Christ Church has a wonderful handbell ensemble directed by Mr. Cory Davis), string quartet and organ, and will be performed as a part of the March 25 service, at 11am.
Photo of Christchurch Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand, taken in 1963. The Cathedral suffered a lot of damage from the recent earthquake in 2011. Photograph by christchurchcitylibraries, used under a CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 license.]]>