Tag Archives: Kennedy Center

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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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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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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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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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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