"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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"Madison Avenue" CD Released; Premiered at ClarinetFest2014
Jul
31
10:00am10:00am

"Madison Avenue" CD Released; Premiered at ClarinetFest2014

In 2013, clarinetist and professor Wesley Ferreira commissioned a piece from me for clarinet and piano. Now, one year later, it's available as the title track on his debut solo album--check out the amazing promotional material he's produced here, including a one minute excerpt from my piece. Wesley premiered Madison Avenue at ClarinetFest 2014, and the score and parts are now available for purchase through Potenza Music.

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"Donny Hathaway" Premiered at soundSCAPE
Jul
16
8:00pm 8:00pm

"Donny Hathaway" Premiered at soundSCAPE

Commissioned by the soundSCAPE festival in conjunction with the 2013 soundSCAPE Composition Prize, Donny Hathaway was premiered this summer by soprano Tony Arnold and the instrumental faculty of the soundSCAPE festival: Aiyun Huang, Thomas Rozenkrantz, Felix Fan, Lisa Cella, and guitarist Josh Hubert (playing on behalf of faculty member Matt Gould). The work features a text by the incomparable Christian Campbell and deals with the tragic death of the legendary soul singer Donny Hathaway.

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"This is Not My Hat:" Audiobook and DVD Release
Mar
1
12:00pm12:00pm

"This is Not My Hat:" Audiobook and DVD Release

This spring, Scholastic released its film version of Jon Klassen's Caldecott Medal-winning children's book, This is Not My Hat, complete with an original score I composed. It's a really fun little story, and the Scholastic release has generated some nice buzz; the audiobook won an "Earphones Award" from Audiofile Magazine and earned a spot on their list of the best audiobooks of 2014. Check out their review here, complete with a two minute excerpt of the narration and music.

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