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January 2017

Thyrsis & Amaranth at Syracuse University

January 27 - January 28
Setnor Auditorium, Crouse College,
100 Crouse Drive
Syracuse, NY 13244 United States
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Setnor Opera Theater of Syracuse University (Eric Johnson, artistic director) will perform my one-act opera Thyrsis & Amaranth at the end of January along with two other one-acts by American composers to create "An An American Triptych: Three Contemporary One-Act Operas."Also featured will be Michael Ching's Speed Dating Tonight! and Tom Cipullo's Lucy. I'm excited to have Thyrsis & Amaranth featured in this production because I actually started composing it while studying with Tom. He was an influential mentor to me…

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February 2017

Premiere of And Loving for All,
a civil rights monologue for mezzo-soprano and ensemble

February 2 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Bates Recital Hall at the Butler School of Music,
2406 Robert Dedman Dr
Austin, TX 78712 United States
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Pale Blue., a new music organization in Austin, TX, is focusing their upcoming concert on marginalized communities, and they will be producing the premiere my new monologue for mezzo-soprano and ensemble titled And Loving for All. The soloist is the voice of Mildred Loving, and I've written the libretto based on her 2007 press release commemorating the 40th anniversary of the landmark 1967 Supreme Court decision in Loving v. Virginia. Mildred and her husband Richard became accidental symbols of the…

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Inversion Ensemble performs Of Birds

February 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
St. John’s United Methodist Church,
2140 Allandale Rd
Austin, TX 78756 United States
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Austin’s Inversion Ensemble is a choral collective made up of composers and singers, formed to give voice to innovative choral works and to encourage the creation of new music, especially in the Austin area. I feel privileged that they've included my work Of Birds: Songs on texts from Medieval bestiaries in the repertoire for their premiere concert along with works from other local, gifted composers. The concert is free and open to the public, and I hope to see you…

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March 2017

Lance Witty premieres Mountain Idyll: Les Trois Tétons

March 26 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Jessen Auditorium in UT’s Homer Rainey Hall,
200 W 21st St
Austin, TX 78712 United States
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Lance Witty, DMA candidate in trumpet performance, will premiere a new work that I wrote for him on his doctoral recital. Mountain Idyll: Les Trois Tétons, for trumpet and piano, was inspired by my time in the Grand Teton area of Wyoming this past year. Lance had asked me to write him a vocalise for this recital, and I started work this past July with that intention. The beauty and majesty of the Rocky Mountains in that corner of the…

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April 2017

made of words … torn by dreams, for alto sax and piano on CLUTCH concert

April 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Recital Studio @ the Butler School of Music,
2400 Robert Dedman Dr
Austin, TX 78751 United States
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made of words... torn by dreams, for alto saxophone and piano, was inspired by lines from a poem by American poet Wallace Stevens. These poetic lines sparked recent considerations on the words I use to define myself— artist, gay man, voter/citizen. They also pushed me to consider who I am as my plans and dreams come to fruition or fail to materialize. What would that do to my definition of self? made of words... torn by dreams will be premiered…

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