"Oracle," for solo cello, premieres at Curtis
Dec
13
8:00pm 8:00pm

"Oracle," for solo cello, premieres at Curtis

This year's annual Curtis composers' chamber concert! Stop by for a free evening of six world premieres in the historic Field Concert Hall. No tickets required. This year, I'm writing a substantial solo cello work for the incredible Oliver Herbert. The work, titled "Oracle," will take inspiration from stories about the ancient Oracle of Delphi.

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"The Evening Lamps Alight" at Gretna Music
Sep
10
7:30pm 7:30pm

"The Evening Lamps Alight" at Gretna Music

"The Evening Lamps Alight" was commissioned by Gretna Music in honor of the 125th anniversary of the town of Mount Gretna, PA. The work is an adventurous chorale prelude on the Chautauqua hymn ‘Day is dying in the west.’ It takes its title from a particularly beautiful turn of phrase in the hymn’s first verse: ‘wait and worship while the night / sets the evening lamps alight / through all the sky.’ Tickets are available at Gretna Music's site.

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"Celestial Dances," for string quartet, performed at Luzerne Music Center
Jun
30
7:30pm 7:30pm

"Celestial Dances," for string quartet, performed at Luzerne Music Center

Luzerne Music Center's second faculty artist concert of the summer will feature my "Celestial Dances," for string quartet. Tickets are available here, and you can find more information about the summer season at LMC's page. The faculty artists are absolutely top-notch -- I'm thrilled to be working with Antonio Rincon, Eliezer Gutman, Laura Manko Sahin, and Jameson Platte!

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"Mercury-Redstone 3" with the ACO
Jun
23
7:30pm 7:30pm

"Mercury-Redstone 3" with the ACO

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I couldn't be more excited to have a chance to work with the American Composers' Orchestra for their 2017 Underwood New Music Readings. On Thursday, June 22nd from 10AM to 1PM, you'll get a rare chance to glimpse the orchestral rehearsal process for six brand new works. Then on Friday, June 23rd at 7:30PM you'll be able to hear my piece "Mercury-Redstone 3" at the run-through performance. If you're in New York City, this is about as awesome a free concert opportunity as you'll ever see! You can register (seriously, for free) here for Thursday's rehearsal and here for Friday's run-through performance. See you there!

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"Of All This Unintelligible World," for orchestra, premieres at Curtis
Apr
1
8:00pm 8:00pm

"Of All This Unintelligible World," for orchestra, premieres at Curtis

The annual Curtis composers' orchestra concert lands on April 1st this year -- and I promise this isn't an April Fool's gag! If you can make it to Philly, come hear my latest orchestral work premiered by the Curtis Symphony Orchestra alongside five other world premieres. It's a free concert, and a great one! This year's program may also be livestreamed, so stay tuned for further details.

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"Homunculus," for solo percussion, performed at Curtis
Mar
20
8:00pm 8:00pm

"Homunculus," for solo percussion, performed at Curtis

"Homunculus," commissioned by OneBook Philadelphia and Neil Rao, will be performed on Neil's graduation recital on March 20th. We had a couple nice radio spots about this piece -- feel free to check them out on WRTI and WHYY. It's really quite a spectacle to see Neil perform this work, so if you're free, you should totally come watch.

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"Homunculus," for solo percussion, at Philadelphia's OneBook Kickoff Event
Jan
25
7:30pm 7:30pm

"Homunculus," for solo percussion, at Philadelphia's OneBook Kickoff Event

On January 25th, my new piece "Homunculus," for solo percussion, will be premiered by friend/composer/percussionist extraordinaire Neil Rao. This work was commissioned for the 15th anniversary of the Free Library of Philadeliphia's One Book, One City event, and the music is related to my experience of reading Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. The event also features interviews with several fascinating authors, and it's free and unticketed! I'd love to see you there.

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Talk with the Y's Men
May
7
9:00am 9:00am

Talk with the Y's Men

The Y's Men of Westport and Weston invites community leaders to speak to families about a range of topics; previous speakers have included several CEOs, local congressional representatives, authors, and scholars. In 2011, I presented to the group about the relevance of contemporary classical music and offered them some strategies for approaching it as listeners. I also talked a little bit about my personal journey into the world of classical music. They've asked that I give a follow-up talk this May, speaking about my time at Oxford, the state of affairs in contemporary classical music, and the professional paths available to a young musician crazy enough to try to make a living as a composer.

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