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  • The Superstar Composer of Mozart’s Time (It Wasn’t Mozart)

    In terms of landing a great job, Mozart could do nothing right. And Giovanni Paisiello was the man who could do no wrong. From Naples to Russia to Vienna to Paris, Paisiello (1740-1816) dominated the international opera scene, winning favor and commissions from monarchs and......

  • One orchestra, three weeks, four living composers

    In September 2017, the Colorado Symphony opened its season by featuring four living composers in a span of three consecutive weeks. This was a bold and auspicious move for Brett Mitchell, the orchestra’s new Music Director. It’s also welcome news for composers and musicians alike......

  • When the Powerful Win: Poppea in the era of Trump

    Sunday October 15 saw the completion of Monteverdi 450, a remarkable 4-day residency at Chicago’s Harris Theater by Sir John Eliot Gardiner, the Monteverdi Choir, and the English Baroque Soloists. Maestro Gardner and crew performed all three surviving operas by Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643) in honor......

  • Training Young Composers in Chicago

    Launching the first Summer Composition Institute at Roosevelt University (click here to learn more/apply for the 2018 Institute: July 18-27)   We first met as a group in September 2016. Prof. Kyong Mee Choi initiated the meeting. We gathered in Stephanie Salerno’s office. The idea......

  • Music Versus the Hurricane (Part 1: Katrina)

    We all watched in horror as Hurricane Harvey dumped 27 trillion gallons of water on Texas and Louisiana in late August, flooding Houston and other Gulf Coast cities, leaving behind a wake of human misery and suffering. It already ranks among the “most damaging natural......

  • 15 Free Resources for Composers

    “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.” This certainly feels true when it comes to life as a musician: every corner of musical life is increasingly monetized, from apps to notation software to educational opportunities to concert experiences to various forms of media. Yet......

  • Building a Piano Concerto: My Yearlong Journey

    This story is about my Concerto for Piano and Winds (2015), composed for students at Roosevelt University: about its commission, writing, and performance. It is my hope that this narrative sheds light on the compositional and collaborative process, and illuminates some of the inner workings of constructing......

  • Ravel’s lessons for young composers

    If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you probably noticed that I was obsessed with Maurice Ravel over the summer, posting several quotes and anecdotes. Time to explain that a little bit. In June, on a whim, I picked up Arbie Orenstein’s Ravel: Man and......

  • Presidential Politics and Kernis’s “Legacy”

    Last night I was privileged to hear the premiere of Aaron Jay Kernis’s “Legacy” (2017), a concerto for horn, strings, harp, and percussion, performed by horn soloist Jonathan Boen, conductor Carlos Kalmar, and the Grant Park Orchestra. The concert took place on a gorgeous evening......

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