"Anansi and the Great Light" Premieres at Curtis
Mar
30
to Mar 31

"Anansi and the Great Light" Premieres at Curtis

I'm very excited to be writing a children's opera for Curtis' Family Concerts series! The libretto, by Kanika Ambrose, and the music have been composed with input from students at Girard College. We're shaping the story around Anansi, an Akan folk tale character, and the adventure that put the moon in the sky. The Curtis singers are dynamite, Girard’s children’s choir will be in the show, and all the sets and costumes are being designed by Girard students. The opera is sure to be exciting for audiences of all ages! Anansi will have three performances:

Saturday, March 30th, 2019 at Girard College, 11:00AM

Sunday, March 31st, 2019 in Lenfest Hall at The Curtis Institute of Music, 11:00AM

and Sunday, March 31st, 2019 in Lenfest Hall at The Curtis Institute of Music, 1:00PM.

Can’t wait to see you there! Tickets are available on Curtis’ website.

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"Oracle" at the Free Library of Philadelphia
May
19
3:00 PM15:00

"Oracle" at the Free Library of Philadelphia

  • Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join me and Zachary Mowitz for a workshop series exploring the cello's journey through time and the many ways its history can illuminate our hearing of music, past and present. The series culminates in a recital on June 16, featuring the “Oracle” alongside a new piece by Ira Mowitz and staples from the solo cello repertoire. Participants will discover how this new music connects to the rich legacy of the cello's past, emerging with a deeper experience of music.

In this workshop, the second of three, Zach and I will imagine how we might dance like Bach. We will discuss Bach’s dance suites in detail, how the form evolved through time, and how it influenced both Ira’s new work and “Oracle.”

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"Oracle" in concert at the Free Library of Philadelphia
Jun
16
1:30 PM13:30

"Oracle" in concert at the Free Library of Philadelphia

  • Free Library of Philadelphia - Parkway Central (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join me and Zachary Mowitz for a workshop series exploring the cello's journey through time and the many ways its history can illuminate our hearing of music, past and present. This final workshop on 6/16 will be followed by a recital featuring the “Oracle” alongside a new piece by Ira Mowitz and staples from the solo cello repertoire. Participants will discover how this new music connects to the rich legacy of the cello's past, emerging with a deeper experience of music.

In this workshop, the third and final, Zach and I discuss how composers have followed in Bach’s footsteps. We will dive into the world of contemporary cello music, hearing the many ways composers today are pushing the boundaries of the instrument. The culminating recital, featuring “Oracle” and a new work by Ira Mowitz, will begin at 3PM.

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"Atlas" Premieres on "Music of Reality"
Sep
20
8:00 PM20:00

"Atlas" Premieres on "Music of Reality"

I'm collaborating with the phenomenal arx duo and pianists Amy Yang and Qing Jiang on an ambitious new eight-hands piece featuring two pianists and two percussionists. The piece is being commissioned in honor of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, and the premiere will take place on the exciting and interdisciplinary Music of Reality series in Cambridge, MA. Stay tuned for more details!

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"Oracle" at Old City Coffee
Feb
24
3:00 PM15:00

"Oracle" at Old City Coffee

Join me and Zachary Mowitz for a workshop series exploring the cello's journey through time and the many ways its history can illuminate our hearing of music. These interactive lecture recitals feature two brand new works for solo cello by myself and composer Ira Mowitz. Participants will discover how this new music connects to the rich legacy of the cello's past, emerging with a deeper understanding of music and a heightened listening experience. This will be our only stop at Old City Coffee, but join us for the relaxed vibe and a great cup of joe!

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"Oracle" at the Free Library of Philadelphia
Feb
23
3:00 PM15:00

"Oracle" at the Free Library of Philadelphia

  • Free Library of Philadelphia - Parkway Central (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join me and Zachary Mowitz for a workshop series exploring the cello's journey through time and the many ways its history can illuminate our hearing of music, past and present. The series culminates in a recital on June 16, featuring the “Oracle” alongside a new piece by Ira Mowitz and staples from the solo cello repertoire. Participants will discover how this new music connects to the rich legacy of the cello's past, emerging with a deeper experience of music.

In this workshop, the first of three, Zach and I will imagine how we might listen like Bach. We will examine how historically informed listening can deepen our experience of a piece in the concert hall. Excerpts by Gabrielli, Bach, and others will reveal the rich 350-year history of the cello. Equipped with this understanding, we’'ll listen to our two new works with enlightened ears.

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"Ornithopter" releases on "Cityscaping"
Dec
1
9:00 AM09:00

"Ornithopter" releases on "Cityscaping"

At long last, “Cityscaping,” The Brass Project’s debut album, is releasing — the disc drops December 1st! My track, “Ornithopter,” will be available for early download as part of a preorder package, which you can snag on November 1st. The album, which I helped to curate, is a sonic tasting menu of engaging new music for brass. You can read more about the project on The Brass Project’s website, and you can hear the album on Amazon, iTunes, CDBaby, Spotify, and pretty much any other service you can think of. Enjoy!

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"Jasper Beach" premieres with the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival
Nov
4
2:00 PM14:00

"Jasper Beach" premieres with the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival

I'm very excited to have been commissioned by the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival in honor of their 10th season. I'm writing a new work for flute, violin, cello, and piano that will premiere at FlynnSpace as part of LCCMF’s “Beethovens of Today” program. The concert is on November 4th, and tickets are available — hope to see you there, Burlington!

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"With Pinions of Immense Desire" on Astral Winners Concert
Oct
9
7:00 PM19:00

"With Pinions of Immense Desire" on Astral Winners Concert

The fabulous Eric Huckins, first ever horn player to win the Astral National Auditions, will premiere my piece “With Pinions of Immense Desire” on the Winners Concert at the Kimmel Center. The program is full of wonderful music — tickets are available, so book them up if you’re in Philadelphia on October 9th!

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"Between the Reels" at Lake Champlain
Aug
21
4:30 PM16:30

"Between the Reels" at Lake Champlain

  • Elley-Long Music Center at St. Michael’s College (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

I'm glad to have been invited to the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival for their 10th season. I'll be presenting a new work for string quartet, titled "Between the Reels," at their Sounding Board workshop and concert. Hope to see you there if you happen to be in Vermont!

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"In Seven Points" Premieres at Curtis
May
4
8:00 PM20:00

"In Seven Points" Premieres at Curtis

My new work for string quartet and electronics premieres on Curtis' 20/21 season on May 4th. The program will be really interesting -- it includes quartet and electronics pieces by my five other colleagues at Curtis, all performed by the incomparable Zorá String Quartet. It's free, and we'd love to see you there!

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"27 Morningside" at Intimacy of Creativity 2018
Apr
29
to May 6

"27 Morningside" at Intimacy of Creativity 2018

  • Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

I'm stoked to be heading to Hong Kong for the first time as a Composer Fellow for this year's Intimacy of Creativity festival! A newly revised, leaner and meaner 27 Morningside will receive its premiere on 4/29 or 5/6 at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. More information is available at: http://www.ic.shss.ust.hk/ic2018-world-premiere-concerts/

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"The Evening Lamps Alight" at Gretna Music
Sep
10
7:30 PM19:30

"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
7:30 PM19:30

"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
7:30 PM19:30

"Mercury-Redstone 3" with the ACO

  • The DiMenna Center for Classical Music (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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
8:00 PM20:00

"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
8:00 PM20:00

"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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