Today I received news that pianist Robert Cassidy plans to include my piece Four Elegies on his next album. The album will also include Debussy’s Preludes, Book II, and Chopin’s Barcarolle in F#, Op. 60, so I am in good company! His previous album, released on Albany Records, includes the first book of Debussy preludes, as well as music by Mozart and David Noon. It is available on iTunes, Amazon, and all other major retailers, or by clicking here.
Robert is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to fund the recording. To contribute, visit http://kck.st/1yAB41o.
Yael Weiss, who performed the premiere of my piece Prelude to a Sonata in Kansas, Kentucky, and Virginia last month, has added a concert in Kelowna, British Columbia, to her touring schedule. She’ll be performing the piece this Friday, November 14, at 7:30 pm at the Mary Irwin Center for the Arts.
Yael has stepped in in place of Katherine Chi, who unfortunately had to cancel her performance. Though Katherine Chi’s name is still listed in a few places, Yael will be the performer that evening.
In other news, DePaul Opera Theatre has rescheduled their production of my opera Twelfth Night in Chicago for November 19. Complete details are available at http://events.depaul.edu/event/depaul_opera_theatre_2750. Here’s a photo of Elizabeth Margolius’s lovely staging:
The pianist Yael Weiss will be performing the world premiere of my Prelude to a Sonata on October 10 at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas. The piece is one of a series of pieces that Yael asked composer friends to write for her, each piece to be used as a prelude to a Beethoven sonata, translating its materials into a contemporary sound. My piece is designed as a prelude to one of my favorites, the “Pastorale” Sonata, op. 28. When I told her, Yael said that she had hoped I would chose this particular piece, but that, wanting to give me freedom to choose whatever I liked, she had restrained herself from mentioning it. It seemed like an encouraging serendipity.
Yael will be performing it at a few more concerts throughout the month, and there will likely be a performance in Israel in March. Here are the currently scheduled dates:
October 10th: Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas
October 16th: Glema Mahr Center for the Arts in Madisonville, Kentucky
October 27th: Carl Broman Concert Series in Staunton, Virginia
DePaul University’s Opera Theatre will be presenting the Chicago premiere of my opera Twelfth Night on October 31 of this year. The opera, based on Shakespeare’s play, was commissioned by Long Leaf Opera in North Carolina and premiered in October 2005.
For the Chicago performance Steven Mosteller will conduct and Elizabeth Margolius will direct. For tickets and more information, please visit http://events.depaul.edu/event/depaul_opera_theatre_2750