This September – Premiere Performances of “A Lady”

  The Bryne:Kozar Duo – soprano Corrine Byrne and trumpeter Andy Kozar – recently commissioned a quarter-tone piece from me, a setting of Amy Lowell’s poem “A Lady.” They will be premiering the work in Boston on September 9th, one of three performances they will be giving of the piece; the others are in New York and Media, Pennsylvania (see listings below). AlsoContinue reading “This September – Premiere Performances of “A Lady””

Ross Gay Songs Premiere Tomorrow at New Music Gathering

Soprano Sara Noble Tomorrow (May 13) at 1:30PM in Kobacker Hall, my Ross Gay Songs will be premiered by soprano Sara Noble and pianist Nadia Shpachenko as part of  New Music Gathering 2017 , held this year at Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, OH). Pianist Nadia Shpachenko Program note Three Ross Gay Songs were composed while I was recuperating inContinue reading “Ross Gay Songs Premiere Tomorrow at New Music Gathering”

Jenny Olivia Johnson: Don’t Look Back (CD Review)

Jenny Olivia Johnson Don’t Look Back Innova Recordings CD 925   Wellesley professor Jenny Olivia Johnson presents a program of synth-inflected songs on Don’t Look Back, her debut recording for the Innova imprint. Like many good indie classical songwriters, her formula combines beautiful sounds with stark lyrics: I like to think of it as theContinue reading “Jenny Olivia Johnson: Don’t Look Back (CD Review)”

Where to begin …

Someone asked me where to start with recordings of the Britten song cycles. I would say always start with the source: Britten/Pears. Then anything recorded with Graham Johnson. Anthony Rolfe-Johnson, Phillip Langridge, and Robert Tear are also important to hear. I go back and forth on Bostridge. Are there more? Of course, but these willContinue reading “Where to begin …”