Tag Archives: San Francisco 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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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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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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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 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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Strange Creatures

I’ve got Joshua Bell surrounded — by a devil and a spaceship. Next weekend at the marvelous Sun Valley Symphony, I’ll happily be the peanut on the bill of a concert that features the reigning prince of the fiddle performing … Continue reading

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Classical Music’s Hidden Story

Sshh.  There’s a hidden story quietly exploding in classical music.  It’s the surprising evolution and adventurousness of American orchestras. You wouldn’t read this story in the pages of the leading newspapers and magazines, most of which are in New York … Continue reading

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