What Divine Instrument
What Divine Instrument (2020) for choir and orchestra was premiered by NC State’s Raleigh Civic Symphony and Chamber Orchestra (Peter Askim, conductor) and the NC State Chorale and University Singers (Nathan Leaf, conductor) on April 10th. This work was commissioned by the NC State University Department of Music and the Raleigh Civic Symphony Association.
The Last Message Received
On April 30 at 7:30pm CST (8:30pm EST), the premiere of The Last Message Received (2020) will be livestreamed from Northwestern University. The Last Message Received is inspired by the blog of the same name. In 2014, 16-year-old Emily Trunko created a space for people to anonymously share their final communications with loved ones. Thousands of posts later, librettist Stephanie Fleischmann and myself collaborated to create a sometimes dramatic, sometimes intimate, and sometimes joyous tapestry of these plaintive communications.