Tag Archives: DJ

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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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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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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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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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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(Good) Growing Pains

            What if you looked, forever, the way you did the day you were born?   If so, I’d look like an angry red worm with a hairpiece.  We grow up.  In most cases, the same could … 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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