Best wishes for Christmas and all the holidays you may be celebrating! Iíll keep this short in this busy season. 2020 includes a commission for Washingtonís GenOUT Chorus, C. Paul Heins, Artistic Director, for their February 22 Youth Invasion concert. Thatís followed by a set of three pieces commissioned by the Alexandria (VA) Choral Society under Artistic Direct Brian J. Isaac to premiere March 7 as part of their 50th anniversary season. That event includes artwork and the Alexandria Kinderchoir, Benjamin Hutchens, Artistic Director. A Connecticut church with a new organ has asked for something later in the year for their choir ó stay tuned. Meanwhile, fall saw the premiere of A Little More Peace for mezzo and piano by Solmaaz Adeli and Daniel Weiser in her East Coast performances, along with the 12-part Musica Dei Donum premiered by The Thirteen under Matthew Robertson at their gala (October was busy). I recorded Music at the Heart of Creation for choir and brass decet with Vox Futura and conductor Andrew Shelton in Boston; look for that CD next year and please considering donating (tax deductible) to make it possible. Project : Encore named Come, Love We God and For the Children or the Grown-Ups? to its database of worthy new works. Two very different approaches to Christmas, but both delightful, so Iím glad to see them recognized. Finally, I see people are ordering my music from JW Pepper, but I donít learn where the performances take place. So whether for me or another living composer, please drop a quick note to tell us! Itís nice to make the personal connection and itís helpful to keep track of public concerts. Thanks in advance!
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My big news is the June 28 release by The Crossing of Evolutionary Spirits. This CD includes To Elliott and My Mistressí Eyes. Of course the Grammy-winning ensemble under Donald Nally sounds terrific on them. Kingís Chapel Boston premiered my parody mass on When Jesus Wept in March. Thanks to Heinrich Christensen there. Iím excited about four commissions scheduled for 2019-20, including by ensembles closer to where I live. Stay tuned! And The Thirteen, another outstanding professional ensemble led by my friend Matthew Robertson will perform the 12-voice Musica Dei Donum at an October gala; lots of fun. In addition, my church choir is premiering the spiritual arrangement Hallelujah, I Been Down Into the Sea June 30. Meanwhile, Iíve reached a dozen HMM Editions available via JW Pepper MyScore, e.g. Palestrina, Monte from the European Renaissance and Billings, Holden, Southern Harmony from America. Thereís also Antonio de Salazarís double-choir O Sacrum Convivium, bridging these worlds. Iím glad to announce Fractured Atlas is sponsoring my work, meaning you can contribute and itís tax-deductible! That will make possible recording of Music at the Heart of Creation for choir and ten-part brass. With newfound time after retiring from diplomatic service, I recently composed a symphonic piece for mezzo, chorus & orchestra and a string quartet. And there are more large works in the pipeline. I also have more time to answer mail, so let me hear from you!