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UK premiere of The Beautiful Bridegroom

Almost ten years after its opening night at the New England Conservatory, The Beautiful Bridegroom is receiving its European premiere, in Glasgow, Scotland.  The performance will take place on February 9, 2017, as part of Bridge Week, an Independent Student Festival at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

This production is the brainchild of director Elizabeth Wells, who also sings the role of Terentia.

Thursday, February 9, 2017, 6:00pm
Ledger Recital Hall, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow

UK premiere!

Producer, Stage Director ¬ Elizabeth Wells
Musical Director ¬ Olivia Clarke

Pernille ¬ Ana Pousa, Chloe Stewart (Cover)
Terentia ¬ Elizabeth Wells
Leonora ¬ Xinhui Lai, Chloe Stewart (Cover)
Laurentia ¬ Jacqueline Yu
Madam Kirsten ¬ Gillian Wells
von Frauenliebe ¬ Judith Le Breuilly

Freedom Ride in Mexico

Very excited to announce an upcoming weekend of performances in Mexico City, August 26-28!  We will be presented four excerpts from Freedom Ride in concert with la Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería, the New Orleans Black Chorale, and soloists Dara Rahming, Chauncey Packer, and Ivan Griffin, all under the direction of Carlos Miguel Prieto.

It’s been a breathless summer of preparing the parts and score from Boston while conductor John Ware rehearses the singers down in New Orleans, but we are all looking forward to a terrific experience together.

Thank you as always for supporting our work, and if you happen to be in Mexico City at the end of the month, please stop by la Sala Nezahualcóyotl and say hello!

Friday, August 26th, 8:00pm
Saturday, August 27th, 8:00pm
Sunday, August 28th, 6:00pm

Freedom Ride Suite

Featuring Dara Rahming, Chauncey Packer, and Ivan Griffin
The New Orleans Black Chorale, directed by John Ware
La Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería, conducted by Carlos Miguel Prieto

Sala Nezahualcóyotl 
Centro Cultural Universitario
Insurgentes Sur 3000
Ciudad Universitaria 04510
Mexico City, Mexico

A Very Busy November

This month is turning out to be a very good one for me, with performances in Baton Rouge, Kalamazoo, Las Vegas, Boston, Washington, DC, and a special project for schools all over Minnesota.  If you find yourself in any of these cities, please consider yourself invited!

Tuesday, November 10th, 7:00pm
Gold and Silver Moons
With Rachel Taratoot Ciraldo, Johanna Cox, and Dianne Frazer

Louisiana State University Recital Hall
102 School of Music Building
Baton Rouge, LA 70803


Thursday, November 12th, 7:30pm
Friday, November 13th, 7:30pm
The Beautiful Bridegroom
University of Nevada, Las Vegas Opera Theatre
Linda Lister, director

Dr. Arturo Rando-Grillot Recital Hall
Lee and Thomas Beam Music Center
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154


Friday, November 13th, 8:00pm
Saturday, November 14th, 8:00pm
The Beautiful Bridegroom
Western Michigan University School of Music
Carl Ratner, director

Dalton Center Recital Hall
1903 W. Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49008


Sunday, November 15th, 3:30pm
Excerpts from Lady Orchid and An Embarrassing Position
Opera on Tap

The Pinch
3548 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20010


Sunday, November 22nd, 2015, 2:00pm
Song of the Open Road
Calliope’s Call

Longyear Museum
1125 Boylston Street
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467


Finally, the ensemble Stone Arch Collective is presenting a program of classical dance music in schools throughout Minnesota, and they are including three movements from my Suite in A Minor for Oboe Quartet.  You can read more about them and about Minnesota Public Radio’s Class Notes Artists initiative here:

As always, best wishes, and thank you for your support!

Premiere of Song of the Open Road

I’m very happy to announce the premiere this weekend of my new Song of the Open Road.  Commissioned by Calliope’s Call, this is a setting for soprano, mezzo-soprano, baritone, and piano of sections of Walt Whitman’s epic poem.

This season there will be performances in Bloomington, Indianapolis, and Boston:

Saturday, October 17th, 2015, 5:00pm
St. Mark’s United Methodist Church
100 North State Road 46 Bypass
Bloomington, IN 47408

Sunday, October 18th, 2015, 1:30pm
Tabernacle Presbyterian Church
418 E. 34th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46205

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015, 2:00pm
Longyear Museum
1125 Boylston Street
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

To read more about Calliope’s Call and its fantastic artists (Megan Roth, Dana Lynne Varga, Thom Dreeze, and pianist Shiela Kibbe), please visit their website, http://calliopescall.org.

You can even read a short interview with me here.

Best wishes, and thank you again for your support!

“Gold and Silver Moons” to premiere at National Flute Association convention

Somehow this has turned out to be the year of Vachel Lindsay for me, with premieres of two sets of pieces based on a series of poems he wrote “in which the moon is the principal figure of speech.”

April 12 was the premiere of “Three Moon Poems for the Children,” commissioned by the Rivers School Conservatory for their annual Seminar on Contemporary Music for the Young.  My good friend Eve Budnick was on piano, with flutist Jamila Kern and soprano Marissa Birne.



Lauren Cook sang these songs again at the New School of Music on June 7, with Emilia Salazar on flute and Kai-Ching Chang on piano.

moon poems pic 1


Kathryn Guthrie will sing them again on November 15 in Philadelphia.


Also based on Lindsay’s moon poems is my new trio “Gold and Silver Moons,” a set of four character pieces for flute, oboe, and piano.  Commissioned by Rachel Taratoot Ciraldo, the trio premieres on August 16 at the National Flute Association convention in Washington, DC as a special program she designed for Youth Flute Day.  Rachel will play the flute, Dianne Frazer will play the piano, and I am particularly delighted that my wife Meredeth Rouse will be playing the oboe.


Best wishes as always, and thank you all for your continued support!

An Embarrassing Position at Hartford Opera Theater

I am so pleased to be returning to work with my friends at the Hartford Opera Theater on this new production of An Embarrassing Position.  Also on the program is Menotti’s great comic opera The Old Maid and the Thief.  And if you show up thirty minutes before the performance, you can even catch me giving a pre-show talk!

Eva Delvigné: Christi McLain
June Jinkins: Michelle Murray Fiertek
Miss Paige: Rachel Abrams
Ms. Dara: Mauri Tetreault
Willis Parkham: Dean Murphy

Kristy Chambrelli, stage director
Joseph Hodge, music director and conductor

Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 7:30pm
Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 3:00pm

Aetna Theater, The Wadsworth Atheneum
600 Main Street
Hartford, CT

For more information, please visit www.hartfordoperatheater.com

Suite in A Minor published by TrevCo

I am very pleased to announce that my Suite in A Minor for Oboe Quartet (oboe, violin, viola, and cello) has just been published by TrevCo Music, and is now available for purchase:


A recording of the 2012 premiere by Musaica, which commissioned the piece, is online at my SoundCloud site here:


Thank you as always for your support, and please feel free to share this with your oboist friends!