“Psalm” in Oakland

I just heard about an upcoming performance, too late for it to make it into the latest edition of my e-newsletter. (You can see the newsletter here, and sign up for future editions here.) Ensemble for These Times has programmed my From Psalm 116 for a concert at noon on October 29, 2015 at Laney College in Oakland, CA. Nanette McGuiness will sing, with Dale Tsang at the piano.

From Psalm 116 was written for an AIDS Quilt Songbook concert given in Philadelphia a number of years ago by Orchestra 2001. The text is in Latin, and translates as “Precious in the eyes of God is the death of His beloved”. I later incorporated the piece into the song cycle Dark the Star, the work that was done at Tanglewood this past summer. Here is a You Tube clip from the Bridge recording of Dark the Star, with William Sharp, baritone and the 21st Century Consort, Christopher Kendall conducting.

“Waltzing” in Berkeley, CA

I’m happy to report that soprano Nanette McGuiness and pianist Dale Tsang will be doing my Waltzing the Spheres again, this time at the Berkeley Piano Club on January 7. It’s a morning program, beginning at 10:30.

They will also be doing Korngold’s Unvergaenglichkeit cycle, a piece that is new to me. The prospect of a song cycle by the composer of Die Tote Stadt is intriguing.