On May 2 at 7:30 pm, The Elaris Duo (Larisa Elisha, violin, and Steven Elisha, cello) will perform a benefit concert of my music, along with pieces by Schulhoff and Kodaly in New York. All of the proceeds from the concert will go to Sandy Hook Promise, a non-profit set up after the 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Sandy Hook Promise’s mission is national — to protect children from gun violence so no other parent experiences the loss of their child by engaging and empowering parents and communities with targeted prevention programs in the areas of mental wellness early-identification & intervention, social & emotional development and firearm safety & security. More information on their programs is available at SandyHookPromise.org.
As for the concert, I will be joining the Elaris Duo on piano to perform a special preview of my piece An Offering: For The Families of Newtown.They will be premiering Shifting Spirits, for violin and cello, and I will also perform some of my piano works.
The concert is at the DiMenna Center For Classical Music. Tickets are available now at brownpapertickets.com/event/1434131.
The UCSB Department of Music will be presenting the west coast premiere of my opera, Twelfth Night, on January 30 at 7:30 pm in Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall in Santa Barbara. A second performance is scheduled for February 1 at 1 pm. This version is produced by Benjamin Brecher and directed by David Grabarkewitz.
Tickets for both performances, along with complete details, will be available on the UCSB website at music.ucsb.edu/news/event/532
I hope to see you there!
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