The Red Dress 2017, 11′

for chamber orchestra

dedicated to Shannon Ding Shuang, with love

2 fl (2 alto fl, 1 picc.), 2 ob (1 eng. hn), 2 Bb clar, 2 bsn, 2 hn, 2 tpt, 2 trb, 2 perc, piano (celeste), strings

Available from Subito Music


A dazzling, quietly complete woman enters a large, dimly lit room late in the evening, approaching midnight. People talk amongst themselves. No one sees her enter; she’s confident that way. Rather, we feel the air change; we know something happened; we all tingle a little bit. As she makes her way around the room, the lamplight catches the shiny red silk panels of her geometrically tailored dress sending shimmers of brilliance across every surface and every mind’s eye. The room – and all of us in it – are hers.