New Choral Work
I am currently composing a 50 minute choral work, commissioned by the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir to commemorate their 20th Anniversary. The work itself is comprised of several large-scale movements, with texts based on climate and environmental concerns, love and loss, and community and equality. The texts are derived from various sources, and the work is written for SATB choir, mezzo-soprano and baritone soloists, with string quartet and piano accompaniment. It is scheduled for a premiere performance by the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir, conducted by Sarah Penicka-Smith, in November 2011.
Shadows and Light
I have recently completed a new arrangement of my 2004 choral work, Shadows and Light. Originally written for SATB symphonic chorus, SATB semi-chorus, soprano and tenor soloists, with string orchestra and percussion, I have now arranged the work for the same vocal forces but with two-pianos as accompaniment. This new arrangement is due to be performed by Queensland University Musical Society (QUMS), conducted by David Webster, in Brisbane in October 2011.
A new work for piano trio, Ariadne’s Thread (composed in 2010), will be premiered by the Sydney-based ‘Power of Three’ in early 2012. The wonderful musicians of ‘Power of Three’ are Deborah de Graaff (clarinet), Leah Lock (flute), and John Martin (piano).
My 1995 song cycle, Eternity’s SunRise, based on texts by William Blake, has been recorded by Wendy Dixon (soprano) and David Miller (piano). It appears on a CD entitled “Australian Song Cycles Volume One”, published and distributed by Wirripang Pty Ltd. To order copies of the CD, visit the Wirripang website at: www.AustralianComposers.com.au. Wendy and David will also be performing Eternity’s SunRise in 2011, as part of their Grevillea Ensemble 2011 subscription concert series.
New piano pieces
Three of my recent piano pieces, Watching the River Flow, A Quiet Obsession, and Lucky Thirteen, will be included in the upcoming publication “Wirripang Australian Piano Anthology 2011”. All works included in the three-volume anthology are graded and are appropriate for beginners and more advanced performers. The Anthology is due for release in July, and an accompanying CD that contains performances by pianist Katie Zhukov of the music contained in the anthology, will also be available.
Pacific Ocean Blue
My 2001 piano work, Pacific Ocean Blue, received two recent performances by pianist Simon Docking – one in Halifax, Canada, on 26 February, and the other at Butler University, Indianapolis, USA, on 4 March, 2011. Simon is a former Sydney-based pianist who now lives in Halifax.
Impressions of Shanghai
My 2010 piano work, Impressions of Shanghai, will be performed by Italian pianist Antonietta Loffredo in Mezzano, Italy, on 25 June, 2011. Other performances, also by Antonietta, will follow in Australia in late July, early August 2011.