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Another great review of All is Mere Breath 

This time from OperaWire. I continue to be very pleased at the thoughtfulness of these reviews and the extent to which they really get what I'm trying to do-- such an audience is the best any creative person could wish for. Hoping for more like this!

Musae in May 

I'm delighted to announce that a new work of mine for SSAA treble choir will be performed by the SF-based ensemble Musae on May 4 and 5, in Walnut Creek and Tiburon respectively:

The piece is called “One Equal Music” and sets a text by John Donne. Musae is a terrific group and I'm very much looking forward to the premiere.

I'm on Choralosophy 

I talked to Chris Munce about All is Mere Breath, Hebrew as a choral language generally, and my composing approach and plans. It was a fun time. Check it out on YouTube: 

Gramophone loves "All is Mere Breath" 

There's a new review up of my Navona album of “All is Mere Breath” as part of Gramophone Magazine's February issue:

I'm delighted and honored to say that it's all I could have hoped for. The reviewer clearly gets what I was trying to do with the piece and thinks that I've succeeded in doing that. I wrote it hoping it could bridge some of 2020's terrible gaps and make us feel less alone in our experience, and here I am feeling less alone reading about how someone else perceived it. Feeling grateful, and now determined to “send out my bread upon the waters” some more.

A new premiere to kick off the year 

Happy 2024, everyone. May it be a year of meaningful musicmaking for all of us.

Just before the end of last year, I got the great news that my piece "Lecha Dodi", a setting of the classic Hebrew poem that compares the Sabbath metaphorically to a beautiful bride, had won the Cincinnati Camerata's 2023 Composition Contest. The Cincinnati Camerata will premiere the piece in their spring concert on Sunday, April 28, at 3 PM in the historic Isaac M. Wise Temple in downtown Cincinnati. I plan to make the trip to attend and I'd love to see you there if you're in the area!