Tag Archives: classical music

Thoughts on Musical America

Each year the venerable classical music publication Musical America recognizes a handful of artists, and this December I had the honor of accepting the award for Composer of the Year alongside luminaries such as conductors Andris Nelsons and Francisco Nunez, … Continue reading

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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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From “Jobs” to the new season

As the 2017-18 season awakens, I look ahead to upcoming performances and premieres still glowing from an enchanting summer in Santa Fe. Here are some reflections on the premiere of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs and an overview of performances and … 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 premiere of Passage

How do you set a President to music? I confronted this challenge when the National Symphony Orchestra commissioned a new work on the occasion of John F Kennedy’s centennial, which occurred on May 24. Working inside a ‘living memorial’ has been … Continue reading

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April Showers

When it rains, it pours. April has me in a variety of cities at work in a variety of mediums, from symphonic to opera to club. California’s big rainy season very much seems, to me at least, to be accompanied … Continue reading

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The birth of an opera

Thud. Did you feel it? That’s the sound of an opera being turned in. Last month I sent in all three-hundred pages The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, premiering this summer at Santa Fe Opera, and rarely have I felt as … 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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And So It Begins: 2016-17

It’s been a nice summer composing and performing in beautiful places. I began with Liquid Interface and Mothership in Rio, continued with The B-Sides under Marin Alsop in Santa Cruz, and ended with several visits to Santa Fe to work … Continue reading

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Gus Van Sant’s Sea of Trees

Sometimes the Big Break airdrops into your life like a helicopter kill squad.  In mid November 2014, I had never written a feature length film score; three months later, I’d scored 50 minutes of swirling symphonic textures for a film … Continue reading

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