“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.
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!