8:00 PM20:00

Orpheus @ Carnegie Hall

I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating. It’s ALWAYS an honor to be on stage with this band. Stewart Rose is the man, and I never stop learning from him.

Jessie Montgomery and I were at Juilliard together, and it’s pretty surreal that I’m now playing a concert with her music on it! I’m so happy for her.


JESSIE MONTGOMERY: Shift, Change, Turn, and Variations (World Premiere, commissioned by Orpheus

MENDELSSOHN: Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 40 

MENDELSSOHN: Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op. 90 (“Italian”)

Mendelssohn’s “Italian” Symphony glitters with urban inspiration, from the brilliant sunshine of Rome to the religious pageantry of Naples. The passionate Piano Concerto No. 2, written for a festival in Birmingham, energized Mendelssohn’s ardent fans in England’s second city. This suave showpiece spotlights the young Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki, fresh off a recording and tour of European hotspots with Orpheus. Augmenting this musical cityscape, a world premiere from local composer Jessie Montgomery taps into the rhythms of modern life. -

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7:30 PM19:30

Ethel Smyth Double Concerto

It is the tradition at the Lamont School of Music to welcome its incoming faculty by featuring them in a concerto with the student orchestra. This year’s a two-fer! New violin faculty, Igor Pizkayen, and I will be featured in this lush score (which oddly presents more balance problems for the horn than the violin), on the first Lamont Symphony Orchestra concert of the year.

Brett Mitchell, Music Director of your Colorado Symphony, conducts the Lamont Symphony Orchestra in a performance featuring Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 1 and Ethel Smyth: Concerto for Violin and Horn with the debuts of new Lamont faculty members Igor Pikayzen, violin and David Byrd-Marrow, horn

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to Aug 27

The Knights and Gil Shaham @ Tanglewood & Ravinia




That’s right. It’s official. I’m in the band!

Five years ago, we recorded Prokofiev’s second violin concerto with Gil, and he’s back for TWO MORE. Be on the lookout for Beethoven and Brahms, coming some time in 2020 I guess.

Until then, come here us do the Brahms in either Tanglewood or Ravinia! You’ll have to have to wait for the recording of the Beethoven.

The rest of the program is very Hungarian, with four of Brahms’ Hungarian Dances, movements of Kurtag’s Signs, Games and Messages along with Kodaly’s Dances of Galanta.

fanboy-ing, 5 yrs ago…

fanboy-ing, 5 yrs ago…

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to Jul 31

Mostly Mozart - Brahms 3


…well, at least it used to be? Now I dunno. But I do love me some Brahms. And, it was premiered on my birthday (I was actually born on it’s centennial), so what’s not to like??

Oh! Also, Martin Helmchen (also born in 1982) will be playing Mozart 20, K. 466. I’m afraid I’ve never heard of him, but I’m looking forward to hearing him play, as he has the stripes of a proper virtuoso.

Cultivating a dialogue between two musical masterminds, maestro Louis Langrée and the Festival Orchestra explore Brahms’s impassioned Third Symphony, while esteemed Mozart interpreter Martin Helmchen brings his “sterling technique” (Chicago Classical Review) to the most Romantic of Mozart’s piano concertos. His Concerto in D minor will feature rarely performed cadenzas by Clara Schumann, Brahms’s close confidante, muse, and collaborator.

The Program

Mozart: Overture to Don Giovanni

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K.466

Brahms: Symphony No. 3

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to Jul 27

Mostly Mozart - Gran Partita

K. 361…

but will I ever become one of those people that knows the pieces by the Kochel number?? Probably not, since I can’t even type an umlaut without google. Silly umlaut.

What’s not silly is how awesome these FREE performances of Mozart’s Serenade for Winds (and Double Bass) in Bb Major, K. 361 will be! The Mostly Mozart Wind section is smorgasbord of heavy hitters, and you’ll get to hear them featured in this gem of a piece. So come! We’ll be performing it twice; the July 26th performance is at the Prospect Park Picnic House in BK, and the 27th will be at the beautiful St. Paul’s Chapel….and they’re FREE!

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to Jul 7

The Banff Centre + ICE

That’s right! We put the R before the E. PINKIES UP!!! Sadly, it’s ICE’s last stint at the famed arts festival. At least for the foreseeable future.

Again, we’ll be there guiding younger musicians (Ensemble Evolution) into the depths of the musical unknown. I’ll be performing again, as per yoozsh. We’re going to give the Canadian PremieRE of George Lewis’ new work. Other than that, who knows??? I hope I don’t have to play Des Canyons aux Les Etoiles again this time. I’m cool with that piece for a bit. I’m looking forward to swimming in Lake Agnes again though!!

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to Jun 9

Spoleto USA

It’s a big week of horn sounds in Charleston where we’ll be performing the Britten Serenade, Mozart’s Quintet for Winds and Piano and the Schubert Octet.

This is my first time to Charleston since I was like 8. I remember going to the beach and swimming in what I thought were gigantic waves. That seems unlikely now, and I don’t know if I’ll make it to the beach this time around because my schedule is PACKED. I’m pretty sure we’re doing each program 2 or 3 times!

I’m really honored that such an historic and legendary festival has invited me to come out and play. And what a display of horn stylings they have lined up!

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to Jun 2

National Composers Initiative + Noon to Midnight


First, that afternoon ICE will play 7 (!) World Premieres by up and coming composers:

Camila Agosto: Tybontoan

Rohan Chander: iamwhoami

Jessie Cox: After-Were(l)ds: Mey(n)t/Meaning

Salina Fisher: Lumina

Nicholas Morrish: y o k o b i t

Kelley Sheehan: From gathered leaves and flowers we build ourselves

Nina Shekhar: [redact]


12 hours of new music…!!!!

Food trucks…!!!


All good things. Art, food and beer. Classic combo that I get to take part in. At 6:15 we’ll premiere two more pieces by George Lewis and Ann Cleare.

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to May 19

Dvořák: From the New World



I love playing with this band. This time around I’ll get to play lead on Dvorak’s iconic 9th Symphony, not to mention a world premiere of Jonathan Leshnoff’s 2nd Violin Concerto. I’ll have to check, but I think Harrisburg has premiered other works of his. We’ll also play a piece I’ve never heard of, by a composer I’ve never heard of. English composer Arnold Bax’s Tintagel is a symphonic poem about a castle on an island of the same name, north of Cornwall. I’ve read that Bax lived a dual life; one as an English composer, and one as the Irish poet Dermot O’Byrne. He even wrote a poem titled Tintagel Castle:

Tintagel Castle

While these old walls were crumbling,

Fair countless maids and men

Have cried and kissed and whispered,

And never come again.

We two know all their story,

Though all heroic glory

Fall from this old sea-warden,

Slain by a pedant pen.


Though Iseult’s arms and bosom

Were shadowy as her shame,

And dusty brains have proven

That Arthur’s but a name,

We have a certain toekn

How hearts of old were broken;

And English, Celt or Norman,

Love hurt them still the same.


They stared out even as we do

Across the silken tide,

And sought in sundown splendours

The dream their world denied;

And Dick and Meg have parted

In Cornwall broken-hearted

Ten thousand time, though Tristam

had never sinned or died.


Strain closer yet, my lovely,

Till all your breast’s aglow,

Nor think how new sad ages

Will never care to know

If your white body’s beauty

Were thrall to Love or Duty,

Or how I burned and hungered

Long centuries ago.

Bax and his lover Harriet Cohen,

Bax and his lover Harriet Cohen,

The Harrisburg Symphony

Stuart Malina, conductor

Bax: Tintagel
Leshnoff: Violin Concerto No. 2 (World Premiere Consortium)
Harrisburg Premiere commissioned by Hava Pell & Michael Kline
  Alexander Kerr, Violin
Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 From the New World

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to Apr 28

Orpheus goes to HK, Taiwan and Japan with Nobuyuki Tsujii


Orpheus was founded in NYC almost 47 years ago. It was started by friends that wanted to play at the highest level, challenge artistic artistic boundaries while building an audience on a local and international scale.

This is all VERY familiar.

After a scant 15 years with ICE, I marvel at how that sounds. The bonds you develop with your colleagues after that amount of time must be so beyond explanation. I haven’t even known my mother that long. Every experience I’ve had with the group has been special. I’m honored that they would have me as a colleague.

My first time to 🇨🇳 🇭🇰 AND Taiwan (mac flag emoji difficulties that I just can’t right now…)!!! It’s gonna be awesome. Also, I will be somewhere between 4-40 lbs heavier after this trip after I eat approximately 8,000 dumplings of various types (OG Ding Tai Fung, I’m coming for YOU!). I’ve been casually studying Mandarin now for about 8 months. I briefly spoke to someone a few weeks ago in Munich, and they understood nothing, so we’ll see how this goes…

I’m also really excited to play for my in-laws at Suntory Hall! My father-in-law has been battling cancer for the past two years, and I didn’t think I would get to play for them live. So it’ll be a nice lil’ family moment! Then we’re going to Karuizawa (where they filmed the most recent TERRACE HOUSE).

Program to include works by Ravel, Beethoven, Mozart and Mendelssohn.


April 12, 7:30pm - Tianjin Grand Theatre

April 13, 8pm - Hong Kong University


April 14, 3pm - National Taichung Theatre

April 16, National Concert Hall, Taipei


April 18, 6:45pm - Aichi Arts Center, Nagoya

April 20 & 21 (both at 2pm) - Osaka Festival Hall

April 22 & 23 (both at 7pm) - Suntory Hall, Tokyo

April 25, 7pm - Kenshin Cultural Center, Koriyama

April 26, 7pm - Kioi Hall, Tokyo

April 27, 2pm - Yokosuka Arts Theater

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8:00 PM20:00

Songs Without Words

Ensemble Signal

Brad Lubman, conductor

Rachel Calloway, mezzo-soprano

Phil Myers used to say that every time he played Richard Strauss’ Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, he would have to start preparing the solo a month ahead of time, just to make sure he had it in the groove. I’ve performed Oliver Knussen’s Songs Without Words a few times now. Preparing for these concerts makes me understand that sentiment, clearly. The piece, despite being in four movements, can’t be more than 15 minutes long. However, there are lots of hornistic acrobatics to be executed. I’ll do my best!

The Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium - 8pm


Songs without Voices


Trauma Etudes
Commissioned by the Dina Koston and Roger Shapiro Fund in the Library of Congress


Pierrot lunaire, op. 21

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to Jan 13

The Year 1905



Shostakovich’s exceptional ability to recreate a scene from his past is maybe best captured in his 11th symphony, “The Year 1905”. I don’t want to try to briefly summarize the significance of the symphony’s subtitle, so click here if you want a thorough explanation. Shostakovich survived this tragic event as a child, and it was discussed in his household constantly. As a result, the music is anything but subtle.

My first time playing this music was in school, and I’m pretty sure it was the first time I had really considered that something like this had happened in relatively recent times; not just in history books. It might be my favorite of his symphonies, and I know it will be a satisfying experience for everyone. He was hesitant to compose this piece, for the same government that committed the atrocity he was asked to commemorate. However, I think we are better of having such a great work as a reminder of things like these, so we might avoid them in the future.

January 12-13, 2019

Johann Strauss: Tales from the Vienna Woods
Ravel: La Valse
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 11

The January Masterworks includes two very different takes on the waltz, one by that most Viennese of composers, Johann Strauss, the other by the Frenchman, Maurice Ravel. After intermission, Stuart conducts the monumental 11th Symphony of Dmitri Shostakovich, subtitled “The Year 1905.”

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7:30 PM19:30

Knussen Portrait @ UB

I was lucky enough to work with 'Olly' once. It was one of those gigs that will happen for a young New York freelancer, where they don't quite understand the gravity and accomplishment of the people around them. I was that young freelancer when I met Oliver Knussen. He conducted his own music, as well as Messiaen's "Oiseaux Exotiques", with Peter Serkin at the piano, in a then freshly minted Zankel Hall. I remember the concert well, and I remember the rehearsals even better. But my favorite part of the whole experience was the lunch breaks. He always laughing. 


Oliver Knussen: Sonya’s Lullaby (1978) 6’

Oliver Knussen: Hums and Songs of Winnie The Pooh (1970/83) 13’

Elliott Carter: Triple Duo (1983) 20’


Oliver Knussen: Secret Psalm (1990) 5’

Toru Takemitsu: Rain Tree Sketch II (1982) 3’

Oliver Knussen: Songs Without Voices (1991-92) 11’

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8:00 PM20:00

Neuwirth: Lost Highway Suite @ EMPAC

David Lynch

David Lynch

I've never seen this movie, so it's nice to have a reason to join the Lynchian cult and be a couch potato for a bit. A lot of us have been contemplating the passing of Matt Marks this year, and things like this would always make me think of him. He was really good at making me embrace both my inner quirk and my inner bubblegum pop alter ego, and I feel like he would've really appreciated Olga's initiative in composing her "Lost Highway" opera. 

'Composer Olga Neuwirth’s Lost Highway Suite—derived from her opera of the same name, itself inspired by David Lynch’s cult classic film—evokes a mysterious tone and structure in a concert performance featuring immersive surround sound. Using a 64-speaker Ambisonic dome, built around the audience in the EMPAC Concert Hall, the suite distills Neuwirth’s 2003 opera to its instrumental core. Mixing live performance with electronic sounds that swirl around the listening space, Lost Highway Suite creates a hallucinatory experience not unlike the warped plotline and surreal characters of the Lynch epic.

Austrian composer Olga Neuwirth (born 1968) gained international recognition at the age of 22 for two mini-operas based on works of Nobel Prize-winner Elfriede Jelinek. Since then, she’s written several music theater pieces including her first dramatic work, Bählamms Fest (also based on one of Jelinek’s works), The Outcast, American Lulu, and Hommage á Klaus Nomi.'


Lost Highway

Lost Highway

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8:00 PM20:00

Market Square Concerts: Brandenburg Concertos

Right on the heels of the season opener for the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, I'll get to dive into my first Brandenburg performances of the season. 

Harpsichordist Arthur Haas and Harrisburg Symphony Principal Players

elebrating 300th Anniversary of J. S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 8 PM
Pre-Concert Talk with Jeff Woodruff, HSO Exec. Dir. at 7:15 PM
Market Square Presbyterian Church
20 South Second Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101

J. S. Bach: Six Brandenburg Concertos

HSO Principal Players:

David DiGiacobbe & John Romeri, Flute 

Andres Oeste, Jill Hoffman & Thomas Rowe, Oboe

Erich Heckscher, Bassoon

Scott Sabo, Trumpet 

Geoffrey Pilkington & David Byrd-Marrow, French Horn 

Peter Sirotin, Dawn Wohn, Nicole Sharlow & Ervin Dede, Violin

Julius Wirth & Kathleen Overfield-Zook, Viola 

Fiona Thompson, Jennifer DeVore & Daniel Pereira, Cello

Devin Howell, Bass

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to Oct 7

Rach 2 + Hary Janos @ Harrisburg

Back to the Hburg in October for my orchestral fix. We're starting this year off with a nice balance of a couple of unfamiliar works and a couple that the whole audience will hum along with. Natalia Kazaryan need not worry about a memory slip with with Rach 2. The audience will have her back. I don't know the Ginastera or the Marquez, so I'm looking forward to adding them to the database. 

The Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra

Stuart Malina, Music Director

Ginastera: Four Dances from Estancia
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2
  Natalia Kazaryan, Piano
Márquez: Danzón No. 7
Kodály: Suite from Háry János

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7:00 PM19:00

Tertulia NYC Opening Night

@ Little Park Tribeca

September 23 | 7pm

Tara Helen O'Connor, flute
James Austin Smith, oboe
Todd Palmer, clarinet
Gina Cuffari, bassoon
David Byrd-Marrow, horn
Molly Morkoski, piano

ROUSSEL Divertissement for winds and piano
ANDRIESSEN Aanloop en sprongen
IBERT Cinq Pièces en Trio


BOULANGER Nocturne for Flute and Piano
ANDRIESSEN Aanloop en sprongen
ADAMS China Gates for solo piano
POULENC Sextet for Piano and Winds

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to Feb 3

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra - Fire and Light

It's always a complete honor to join Orpheus. This time we're going on tour, with a classical program that features the Norwegian trumpeter, Tine Thing Helselth.

ROSSINI: Overture to Il signor Bruschino
HAYDN: Notturno No. 1 in C Major, Hob. II/25
ALBINONI: Trumpet (Oboe) Concerto in D Minor, Op. 9, No. 2
BACH: Trumpet Concerto in D after Vivaldi, BWV 972
MOZART: Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550


I'm listening to her latest album "Never Going Back" right now, and it's reeeeeeeeally different than what you may have heard before!

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to Oct 31

Decoda in Korea

This trip will mark Decoda's first residency in in Korea. We'll be playing a concert of hits, arranged by members, for the instrumentation onboard:

Bizet Carmen Les Toréadors
Vivaldi Fall 1st movement
Bach Air in G
Schubert Trout 4th movement
Brahms Hungarian Dance 5
Dvorak Slavonic Dance op. 72-2
Dvorak Slavonic Dance op. 46-8
Grieg Peer Gynt Suite 1st Movement
Shostakovich Jazz Suite
Massnet Meditation of Thais
Elgar Salut d'amour
Saint-Saëns Swan
Piazzolla Libertango

Scheduled Performances
5PM 2017.10.22 COEX Auditorium, Seoul
8PM 2017.10.23 COEX Auditorium, Seoul
7:30pm 2017.10.24 Kangwon Univ. Baeckyung Art Center, Chuncheon
7:30pm 2017.10.25 Ulsan Hyundai Arts Center, Ulsan
7:30pm 2017.10.26 Jeju Arts Center, Jeju
5PM 2017.10.28 Gangneung City Center, Gangneung
7:30 pm 2017.10.30 Yeosoo Yeulmaru, Yeosoo
7:30 PM 2017.10.31 Changwon Sungsan Art Hall, Changwon

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to Aug 13

Mostly Mozart - Winterreise

Bestride performing Zender;s Winterreise (Taichung Theater)

Bestride performing Zender;s Winterreise (Taichung Theater)

I tend to tread lightly when it comes to the orchestral arrangement of piano pieces. A lot can get lost. 

But I love me some Schubert, so I'm full steam with enthusiasm for this program. This is a staged version of Winterreise, that has been arranged for chamber orchestra. You can get a preview here. Ian (he's British, so it's pronounced EE-aan, and not Yahhn like I've been saying) is my absolute first choice when it comes to Schubert Lied, so I'm stoked. 


Conceived and directed by Netia Jones

Ian Bostridge, tenor

International Contemporary Ensemble

Baldur Brönnimann, conductor (Mostly Mozart debut)

Post-performance discussion on Saturday, August 12

with/Netia Jones

With English supertitles

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to Jul 1


So far, anytime that I've mentioned that I'll be going to Banff this summer, the response has been the same. "It's beautiful."

I'm looking forward to verifying this.

I'll be at the Banff Centre as visiting faculty for their new program "Ensemble Evolution", from June 19th until July 1st.

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to Jun 11


This year at Ojai, Vijay Iyer has assembled a series full of music an artists that unabashedly represent his oeuvre. And why would he have it any other way? The artists include the Legendary Wadada Leo Smith, Nicole Mitchell, Tyshawn Sorey and the like. ICE will be there as the house band. 

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to May 7

Harrisburg Symphony

Stuart Malina puts his considerable pianistic talents on display as he performs George Gershwin’s irresistible souvenir of the Roaring 20s, the Concerto in F. First performed in 1925, the concerto is full of great tunes mixed with the combustible energy and optimism of America’s jazz age. HSO Associate Conductor Gregory Woodbridge conducts the concerto. After intermission, Maestro Malina returns to the podium to conclude our season with Sergei Rachmaninoff’s arch-Romantic 2nd Symphony.

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to Apr 28

The Knights in Europe

I've never been to France. I know, right??

My maiden voyage will be with The Knights as we stop in on the Festival de Paques, in Aix-en-Provence. We'll also be hitting a few places in Germany, including a the brand new Elbphilharmonie brand new concert hall in Hamburg. 

Aix >> Friedrichshafen >> Heidelburg >> Hamburg


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6:30 PM18:30

War Paint Opening Night

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8:00 PM20:00

Loadbang plays Lei Liang

And, all of a sudden, October is over.

I have to say that Fall has hit my mood like a ton of mold-slime covered river rocks. Yet the concert season pushes on. This concert features a couple of firsts for me. I've not played any music of Lei's before, nor have I played with Loadbang. This music looks tough, but manageable. I've listened to a bit of his music. It made me think of what the act of searching for the unknown would be as a musical representation. Here are two extremes of Lei. I'll be performing the second:

In a program note about Ascension, Lei says:

"In this work, I try to enact two imaginary rituals that are opposite in nature. One is peaceful and contemplative, like a sacred prayer. It builds on harmonies that ascend gradually in quarter-tone steps, hence the title Ascension. This central section is framed by a different kind of ritual that is full of wild energy and exuberance."

I'm looking forward to this concert, mainly because of the talented musicians collaborating, but I also feel like "wild energy and exuberance" might be a good way to shake these seasonal doldrums!



  • Lakescape V (2016) world premiere, Miller Theatre co-commission
  • Luminous (2014) New York premiere
  • Ascension  (2008)
  • Serashi Fragments (2005)

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to Oct 26

Sunday In The Park With George

I've said this before, but the New York City Center Encores productions are one of the jewels of the city, and I really love doing them. That being said, this one is especially unique in that the composer (Stephen Sondheim) and book writer (James Lapine) are both alive to guide the actors and musicians in this performance. The performance features Jake Gyllenhaal and Tony award winner Annaleigh Ashford.

The horn is the ONLY brass instrument in this one, which means that (like it or not) you'll be hearing a whole lot of moi. 

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to May 22

The Ring - Washington National Opera

The odds of a musician being asked to take part in a cycle are decisively low, mainly because of the cost of putting the show on. Then you have to be in one of the few bands that are doing it. I'm not a member of the National Opera, so I feel incredibly lucky to be asked to join in this massive undertaking. There's a lot of horn playing involved, as well...a lot.

We're doing the cycle three times. The first Das Rheingold will be on April 30th, and the last Götterdämmerung will be on May 22nd.

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to Mar 4

Mind Out Of Matter - Alarm Will Sound

It's been like six years, and six years too long since I've been able to fill in and team up with my friends at AWS. The older we get, the less frequently I'm able to see a lot of these guys, so I'm really looking forward to the hang. 

This run already looks promising, as my vocal range has come into question. It looks like composer Scott Johnson has decided to trust my pipes! Time to shed...

Pioneering composer Scott Johnson teams up with the renowned new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound in Mind Out of Matter, a work based on the recorded voice of philosopher Daniel Dennett. Dennett is known for grounding his philosophy in cognitive science and evolutionary theory, and Mind Out of Matter features his reflections on the origins and evolution of religion and supernatural beliefs. With melodies and rhythms derived directly from Dennett’s speech, the colorful, rock-inflected score tracks his view of the Darwinian life of ideas, evolving within their native ecosystems of human minds and cultures.

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