Ring Out, Wild Bells

Composed for LA Children’s Chorus Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson in honor of her final season with LACC, this energetic setting of New Year’s verses by Alfred Tennyson is was premiered on Dec. 3, 2017, at Walt Disney Concert Hall with members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

 

Wreath of Wakeful Dreams, A

Cellist Roger Lebow commissioned this set of three songs on poems by W.B. Yeats for his son, outstanding tenor Theo Lebow. Details of the premiere featuring the two musicians plus harpist Marcia Dickstein are to be announced. In order, the poems are He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven, The Stolen Child, and When You Are […]

 

Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service (Beach Spring)

Using the beautiful tune BEACH SPRING from the Sacred Harp, this Festive Hymn Setting was commissioned by Frank Brownstead, music director of Our Lady of the Angels cathedral in Los Angeles.

 

StMarkGlendale.JPGThe final concert of 2016’s unSUNg series at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Glendale included my first and latest song sets.
Four extraordinary musicians – tenor Charles Lane; Paul Sherman, oboe; Melinda Rice, viola; and Roger Lebow, cello – opened the concert with Two Songs on Chinese Love Poems (c. 1977).
To close, prize-winning pianist Robert Thies joined two members of the prize-winning European Concert Trio (Harriet Fraser, soprano; Amanda Walker, clarinet) to reprise my recent William Blake settings, The Shepherd’s Lot, a companion piece to Schubert’s “Shepherd on the Rock.”