Tag Archives: classical

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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Composer Caveman

Composers are social extremophiles. Whether working in classical, film, rock, or jazz, all composers alternate between long solitary stretches and sudden bursts of interaction. We need spend vast amounts of time inside our heads to create the music that, at some … Continue reading

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Please Try This At Home

It’s such a rare and cherished opportunity to write for orchestra, and rarer still to have the pieces make it onto a CD. The infinite variety of sounds and the real-time collaboration of so many people distinguish the medium from any … Continue reading

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City On A Hill

Can an entire arts ecosystem exist in under one roof? In one building? Usually we think of an arts scene as drawing power from a broad community reaching into different pockets of a city, something like electrical outlets that artists … 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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The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs

What fascinates me about the story of Steve Jobs is that it exists at the intersection of creativity, technology, and human communication – and I think that can make for thrilling opera. I’ve been working at the nexus of creativity … 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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Let There Be Light

These words are being typed by a foie gras-based life form.  At this time of year in Lyon, where I just spent a week with Leonard Slatkin and his phenomenal orchestra, you simply cannot escape the delicacy.  Maybe you go … Continue reading

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Meyers, Slatkin, & the London Symphony

One of the biggest events in my musical life happened yesterday.  Having been performed around the country by many stellar orchestras, my Violin Concerto finally emerged in a format that anyone can hear anywhere: a CD.  That’s right, the amazing … Continue reading

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The Year Ahead: 2014-15 Season

I’ve been doing the musical equivalent of cave-painting this summer: writing music in blissful California isolation while my symphonic travels take their summer respite.  But that ends next week, when the 2014-15 season kicks off at the SF Symphony – … Continue reading

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