News from June

The Giver

Tulsa Opera will be producing The Giver January 10-11, 2015. This is the opera’s first “second production”, following its premiers in commissioning cities Kansas City and Minneapolis in 2012. The production will be directed by Stanley M. Garner, conducted by Aaron Beck and feature the young professionals of Tulsa Opera’s Young Artist Program alongside Tulsa Youth Opera, their training program for children in grades 3-12.

Miranda’s Waltz

I am proud to finally post excerpts from this 2009 National Symphony Orchestra commission for Narrator and orchestra. Since recording live performances of orchestras is completely illegal, I never had any means of allowing people to hear any of the 27-minute score. (This is the big Catch 22 all composers live with.) After a hearty push from my friend and colleague, Australian composer Kevin Purcell, and a terrific recommendation from composer Roberto Sierra, I had 7 excerpts, about 12 minutes, “virtually performed” by Ravel Virtual Studios. Ron Artinian, head of the studio, was a delight to work with and he and his colleagues delivered a marvelous performance. Now, five years later, I finally have a demo of this piece for artistic directors, conductors and concert programmers to listen to that truly delivers the music and finally puts Miranda’s Waltz in the “known quantity” column. The story piece is aimed at families with children age 7 and up. Please listen to the excerpts on the Miranda’s Waltz works page!