Complete Twelfth Night video, National Opera Association award

I’m pleased to announce that UCSB’s production of my opera, Twelfth Night won first place in the National Opera Association’s production competition, division II. I’m so thankful for the hard work that the whole department put in, and especially to the wonderful young singers, director David Grabarkewitz, producer Benjamin Brecher, and conductor Brent Wilson.

Here is a complete video of the performance:

Robert Cassidy to perform Four Elegies on tour

I’m pleased to announce that the pianist Robert Cassidy will be performing my Four Elegies on several concerts on his upcoming tour. The dates and details are as follows:

September 10, 10 am – Santa Barbara, CA – Music Academy of the West
September 12, 3 pm – Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Music Club
September 19, 8 pm – Los Olivos, CA – Saint Mark’s in the Valley Episcopal Church
October 11, 3 pm – New York, NY – Tenri Cultural Institute
October 14, 4pm – Westport, CT – Saugatuck Congregational Church
October 22, 7:30pm – Hiram, OH – Hayden Auditorium
October 25, 2pm – Newton, MA – Newton Free Library

Complete details for the concerts are on Robert’s site, at robertcassidypianist.com/concerts. The score for the piece, for those who are interested, is available on my works page.

Shifting Spirits video, review on Sound Word Sight

I just received the third video from my May 2 concert in New York, of the premiere of my piece Shifting Spirits for violin and cello, performed by the Elaris Duo:

The video was made by Ching Juhl. In addition, Mark Greenfest wrote a lovely review of the concert on the blog Sound Word Sight. Among other positive remarks, Mark writes:

The music and the Duo’s performance was emotional and poignant and also quite fascinating and memorable.

and

This touching and magnificent piece shows an extraordinary range of musical material, from lush and lyrical cello melody to cannoning piano chords and delicate, glassine figurations in various forms.

The review is available in its entirety at at soundwordsight.com/?p=1460.