A FOREST UNFOLDING Premiere in New Hampshire and Maine

Premiere Performances: Sunday August 12 at 5 PM (Peterborough, New Hampshire) by Electric Earth Concerts Sunday August 18 at 7:30 (Portland Chamber Music Festival, Portland, Maine) A FOREST UNFOLDING (Collaborative Cantata by Eric Moe, Stephen Jaffe, David Kirkland Garner and Melinda Wagner) with texts by W.S. Merwin, Anne LaBastille, Richard Powers, Henry David Thoreau and read more »

MIGRATIONS Concert Video

An archival performance of the September, 2017 premiere of MIGRATIONS (Chamber Concerto No. 4) featuring Gabriel Richard, violin and chamber ensemble. Many listeners asked for a link to the video of the first performance, which has now been made available by the Franklin Humanities Center. The music starts at 3.20” on the video, and is read more »

Jane Hawkins

Our dear friend and colleague Jane Hawkins passed away just after Thanksgiving. Here is a link to a Department of Music post about her life: https://music.duke.edu/news/pianist-jane-hawkins-1950-2017-professor-practice-and-former-chair-department-music At a faculty meeting in December, I read a poem by Zelda, the Israeli poet: “Everybody has a name.” A link to Marcia Falk’s translation: http://www.poetryinternationalweb.net/pi/site/poem/item/3275/auto/EACH-OF-US-HAS-A-NAME

Olly Wilson

Very sad this morning to learn of the death of OLLY WILSON. Olly was a composer of versatile originality and commitment, and one of the most agreeable and effective colleagues one could have. Olly comported himself with almost regal, diplomatic bearing, assuming with dignity and poise the privileged position he came to occupy by virtue read more »

MIGRATIONS: Chamber Concerto No. 4 for violin solo and ensemble

MIGRATIONS, commissioned for the Department of Music by our alumna PENKA KOUNEVA, will receive its premiere by Gabriel Richard, violin and ensemble, on September 16, 2017. The concert also features Gustav Mahler’s Lieder eines Fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfearer) in Arnold Schoenberg’s arrangement, with Susan Dunn, soprano, attractive compositions by Bright Sheng and Penka read more »

Karel Husa, An Appreciation

The following was submitted to Raleigh’s News and Observer, December 30, 2016, and appeared January 4, 2017. It is intended for general audiences. Karel Husa, An Appreciation of the Composer in Our Midst North Carolinians busy with holidays and overwhelmed by the political events of 2016 may have missed news of the passing of composer read more »

In Utah

Canyonlands New Music, University of Utah Looking forward to meeting colleague Morris Rosenszweig, the students and faculty at University of Utah. Lois Martin, viola, and Stephen Gosling, piano will perform FOUR PIECES QUASI SONATA.

Homage to the Breath and Maw

On November 7, Washington, DC’s 21st Century Consort began a celebration of their 40th anniversary with a concert at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, commemorating Nicolas Maw’s 80th birthday, and also including works by David Froom and Caroline Shaw. I was honored that the group–long time colleagues–performed HOMAGE TO THE BREATH, which I created read more »

FIGURE-GROUND receives premiere

FIGURE-GROUND, for flute, violin, viola, and cello was commissioned by Electric Earth Concerts and given its premiere at the Old Francestown Meetinghouse in New Hampshire on July 9, 2015. (In the video linked above, there are initial comments and examples–the music starts about 4’50”).  A previous performance was given at the Duke Gardens in Durham.

STRING QUARTET NO. 3 (“A Tapestry”)

The Ciompi Quartet will give the premiere performance of the new work, commissioned by the group,  on Saturday, April 11, 2015.   Information may be found on the Duke Performances Website. For New Yorkers, the work may be heard April 18, 2015 at the Tenri Cultural Institute.  That program features Scott Lindroth’s String Quintet, with Ashley read more »