It’s been a wild month since I came back to the US!

  1. My opera dissertation project is half composed. Still working with Lisa on completing the libretto, but for now the composition work has been held to make way for…
  2. My lecture-recital on Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ Eight Songs for a Mad King. Boy is this a wild ride! I’ve been spending last semester working on the vocal techniques off several recordings (including Roy Hart’s 1969 premiere recording). The ensemble began rehearsing at the end of January, and it’s been a tremendous task to understand as a group how the piece goes, what needs to happen when, etc. Hats off to the players–Morgann Davis (flute), Ching-Chieh Hsu (clarinet), Ian Disjardin (percussion), Mary Perkinson (violin), Emily Gruselle (cello), Jeff Gibbens (piano/harpsichord), and Ching-Chun Lai (conductor)! And many gracious people have been providing me with their insights and support as well — Paul Rowe, Justin Smith, Steve Dembski, Mark Hetzler, Susan Sweeney from Theatre Department, and Carol Mendelsohn from Roy Hart Theatre. We have an open dress rehearsal this Friday afternoon at 1:15pm, and the actual performance will be next Friday (2/26), 8pm. Both take place in Mills Concert Hall.
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