As part of the celebration of the 300th anniversary of the First Presbyterian Church in the City of New York, I was commissioned to compose the music for a new hymn with text by Pastor Emeritus Rev. Dr. J. Barrie Shepherd. The hymn was introduced Jan 24, 2016, to mark the beginning of the year-long celebration - also the day after the record-setting blizzard.
On January 18, 2016 at 7PM, Burning Up! - a 10-minute musical I co-wrote with Pamela Weiler Grayson will be performed in the third annual Sound Bites Festival. Our fantastic cast consists of Lori Hamel, Danielle Sacks, Herman Sebek, and Allan K. Washington with Alice Jankell directing. For tickets and more information, click here to go to the Sound Bites Festival Page!
In this short musical comedy, a New York City couple awake one morning, burning up with fevers, while their babysitter and their handyman are sizzling with a fever of a different kind. Chaos and Kleenex reign, in this classic yet contemporary tale of love and flu-like symptoms.
Christiana Cole and I wrote and recorded a song together - about her fear of traveling back in time. She sings it (and rocks it as always) with Aaron Phillips singing backup (and rocking it, too!). Check it out!
On August 6th, I had several orchestrations on Sutton Foster's concert with the New York Pops at Forest Hills Stadium. Here's a link to one of them below:
For most of last week, I was in performing mode at Vermont College of Fine Arts, playing genre-busting compositions by the VCFA MFA students, as part of the program's Crossover Ensemble, an incredible band including the violinist Fung Chern Hwei, and several beyond-phenomenal members of Bang On a Can. Lots of fun, kept me on my toes! Rick Baitz has put together an amazing program and group of teachers, students, and ensembles.
I get to sneak onto a concert of amazing female musical theater songwriters, thanks to my collaborator, Jessica Fleitman. A song we wrote together will be featured on this program, sung by once again by the amazing Christiana Cole and Arri Simon. Click here for a great write up at Broadway World, and click here to order tickets!
This coming Monday, April 6, I’ll be a competitor/composer at TUNE in TIME: New York's Musical Theatre Game Show - There are lots of amazing, talented people on the list of competitors/collaborators that night - yikes! Also, at the beginning of the evening, a song Jessica Fleitman and I wrote will be sung by the always phenomenal Christiana Cole.
April 6, 7:30, York Theatre, NYC - come on down! Info at this link: http://www.yorktheatre.org/tune-in-time.html
And there's a nice article in Broadway World - here.
I'm so glad to be a part of the amazing choir at The First Presbyterian Church In The City of New York. The choir will be singing my composition "Be Still" along with much stunning music at the Good Friday service this week, starting at noon, Friday, April 3.
I was thrilled to have the chance to orchestrate music for the concert One Night Only: Sutton Foster with the New York Pops, at Carnegie Hall, on lucky Friday, March 13! I'm really glad that there is video of some excerpts from the concert at Playbill.com. On this clip below, you can hear parts of three songs I orchestrated: "Sunshine On My Shoulders," "Let It Sing" (from Violet), and "Anyone Can Whistle":
On the following clip, there are more excerpts from her performance, ending with my orchestration of "Being Alive" (at around 3'04").
So grateful for this amazing opportunity.
Jessica Fleitman and I have been commissioned by JCP Downtown in Tribeca, NYC to write a new Purim Shpiel - children's musical. It's in rehearsals now and will be performed March 1, at 1pm, at Citigroup, 388 Greenwich Street, NYC. Should be really fun!
This is the first posting in the news page/blog. More to come!