Tag Archives: Chicago Symphony

Auditorium at the Kennedy Center

The symphonic season kicks off in the Fall with orchestras showcasing some of their most exciting work, and it’s a great time to see what’s happening in the field. As I look ahead to the National Symphony Orchestra’s performances of … Continue reading

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And So It Begins: An Opera Premiere

A surprising document appeared in my inbox a few days ago: a copy of a letter I wrote in 2000 to my manager Monica Felkel at Young Concert Artists. Writing just after graduating from Juilliard, I alluded to meeting “Brad, … Continue reading

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The Long Game

Sending a satellite into space takes vision, madness, collaboration, and patience. These are also important elements, too, in the less celestial field of classical music – for this is a world of long gestations and late payoffs. Much time is … Continue reading

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Out Now: Anthology of Fantastic Zoology

I’m astonished to say it: my largest piece is being released on recording almost year to the day from its premiere. Anthology of Fantastic Zoology, a psychedelic bestiary teeming with strange creatures and wild sonic effects, is out now on the … Continue reading

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April Showers

That hermit crab that pops out its hole and peers at the world? That’s me this month. After a few quiet months focused on composing, I now scurry out from my studio-cocoon and interact with the rest of the world.   It’s … Continue reading

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Anthology of Fantastic Zoology

A violin section that richochets like dominos; a movement that is an exact palindrome; a symphony that collapses upon itself: welcome to my zoo. The largest piece I’ve ever written comes to life this month at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra … Continue reading

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KC Jukebox: new music in new ways in D.C.

This month marks the beginning of my new life. With five years composing and curating for the Chicago Symphony behind me, I begin work as the newly-installed composer-in-residence at the Kennedy Center with the inaugural concert in my new series KC … Continue reading

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And So It Begins: 2015-16

Fall arrives with its shimmering mixture of nostalgia and anticipation. We look both forward and backward. Shorter days with brisk temperatures & distant wood-smoke stir up sepia-toned memories, while the exciting rollout of a new season brings out a chipper … Continue reading

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Generation Z

An underage crowd turning out for Boulez? That’s Chicago. Few new-music series in this country (or even on this planet) are visited by tour-buses filled with high school students.  Teens rarely look up from their iSomethings, and when they do … Continue reading

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Back to the Future: D.C.

I still remember the Beltway traffic that seemed hell-bent on keeping us from Gershwin.  This was a decade before California pulled me westward, and several years before New York pulled me north – the beginning of the end of my … Continue reading

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