COMMISSIONS AND PREMIERES

Commissions have come from:

  • Orchestras:  Philadelphia, St. Louis, Seattle, Saint Paul, Saarbrucken (Germany), Vienna (Philharmonic), Baltimore, National/Washington, DC, Pacific Symphony, Boston, The MET Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, San Francisco Opera Orchestra
  • Organizations:  the American Music Theater Festival of Philadelphia, the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, the Western Wind, Orpheus Chamber Players, Chamber Music Northwest, Aeolian Chamber Players, Carnegie Hall, Aspen Music Festival, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Mendelssohn, Emerson, Guarneri, and Pro Arte String Quartets
  • Numerous soloists and chamber music organizations worldwide

Recent premieres include:

  • Games and Challenges:  Something Wonderful Right Away by Time for Three and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Krzysztof Urbanski conductor on May 31, 2013, in Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Suite No. 2 for Solo Viiolin by Gil Shaham on February 5, 2013, in Aspen, CO
  • The Jersey Side by soprano Christine Brewer and pianist Roger Vignoles on Nov. 28, 2012, in Wigmore Hall, London, England - to commemorate the 80th birthday of for former Wigmore Hall Director William Lyne
  • Ninth Symphony by Shepherd School Sympohny Orchestra/Rice University, Larry Rachleff, conductor on Oct. 11, 2012, in Houston, TX - to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the school
  • Gettysburg, July 1, 1853 by Nathan Wyatt, baritone and Lucas Wong, piano in Los Angeles, CA - commissioned by SongFest
  • Second Piano Quintet by the Pro Arte Quartet and pianist Christopher Taylor in Madison, Wis. on Mar. 24, 2012
  • Chestnuts [4 songs] by soprano Emalie Savoy, mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, tenor Dimitri Pittas, baritone Joshua Hopkins, and pianist Warren Jones on Jan. 19, 2012 in Zankel Hall, NY
  • Prometheus, premiered by Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Chorale, Jeffrey Biegel, piano, Carl St. Clair conducting, in Costa Mesa, CA on Nov. 18, 2010
  • The Hawthorn Tree, premiered by mezzo-soprano Joyce Castle and members of the Orch. of St. Luke's in NY, NY on Oct. 20, 2010
  • La fantome du clavecin, premiered by Andreas Skouras, harpsichord, in London, England on May 11, 2010
  • Romanza, commissioned and premiered by the New Century Chamber Orchestra with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin, in Berkeley, California on May 6, 2010
  • Lady Liberty, commissioned and premiered simultaneously in Ann Arbor, Mich. by The Ann Arbor Vocal Arts Ensemble, Ben Cohen conducting and in Lexington, Mass. by The Master Singers of Lexington, Adam Grossman conducting, on May 9, 2009
  • Shakyamuni, commissioned and premiered by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, on the occasion of the reopening of Alice Tully Hall on February 24, 2009
  • First Symphony for Band, commissioned by the Big Ten Directors Foundation, premiered by the University of Michigan Symphony Band, Michael Haithcock conducting, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on February 6, 2009
  • A Song for St. Cecilia's Day for chorus and organ, commissioned by the University of Chicago to commemorate the restoration of the E. M. Skinner organ at Rockefeller Chapel/Chicago, premiered by organist Thomas Weisflog and several choruses on June 7, 2008
  • Four Piedmont Choruses, set to the poetry of North Carolina poet laureate, Kathryn Stripling Byer, with the Piedmont Chamber Singers conducted by William Osborne, premiered in Winston-Salem, NC on May 3, 2008
  • Lucrezia, a one-act comic opera for five singers and two pianists, with libretto by Mark Stephen Campbell, premiered at Weill Hall/New York on March 11 and 13, 2008
  • Eighth Symphony premiered February 28, 29, Mar. 1, 2008 [Boston] and Mar. 3, 2008 [New York] by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Tanglewood Festival Chorus under the direction of James Levine
  • Octet:  Double Quartet premiered by the Guarneri and Johannes Quartets at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana on February 7, 2008
  • Ballade, premiered by pianist Ursula Oppens at Weill Hall/New York on January 21, 2008
  • Canciones de Lorca with tenor Placido Domingo and the Pacific Symphony conducted by Carl St. Clair at the gala opening concert of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa, Calif. on September 15, 2006
  • Nine New Bagatelles, commissioned by Friends of New Music/Music Teachers’ Association of California and premiered by four student pianists in Los Angeles on July 2, 2006
  • Four Preludes on Jewish Melodies, premiered by organist Roberta Gary in Cincinnati, Ohio on March 31, 2006
  • Serenata Notturna, commissioned by The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society for, and premiered by, the Guarneri String Quartet and Richard Woodhams, oboe in Philadelphia on October 23, 2005
  • Chalumeau, premiered by clarinetist Caroline Hartig in Tokyo, July 2005
  • A Wedding, an opera based on Robert Altman’s movie of the same name, with libretto by Arnold Weinstein and Altman, premiered at  Lyric Opera of Chicago on December 11, 2004, and ran for a total of ten performances.
  • Eleventh String Quartet, written for, and premiered by, the Mendelssohn String Quartet in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on October 25, 2003
  • Medusa, a monodrama for soprano and string orchestra, premiered March 5, 2003, with Catherine Malfitano and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Dennis Russell Davies. The world stage premiere by Malfitano took place at the Cincinnati Opera on June 26, 2003, with Brian Salesky conducting.
  • Seventh Symphony: A Symphonic Concerto, premiered by The MET Orchestra conducted by James Levine at Carnegie Hall/New York on May 19, 2002; also performed by the Munich Philharmonic under Maestro Levine in early June 2003