Several weeks back I was fortunate to participate in a Holiday voice recital put together by Larisa Bryski for all of her vocal students. I have been working with Larisa since last May, and her help has been invaluable. It was also great to have my brother, Jonas, visiting from New York, and my wife Charr in attendance. Due to their excellent iPhone camera work I now have this video to show you. Enjoy!
This is a video from a show I did last May for the Music at Noon (“M.A.N.”) concerts at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Sacramento, CA. Special thanks to Brad Slocum for his fine video work for this performance and for being the founder and organizer of this great Sacramento weekly event. More at http://www.westminsac.org/music-noon
Sacramento based photographer Clifford Oto recently used my piano composition “You Are Loved” in his 2012 “Year in Photos.” Clifford is a long-time friend of my wife, and I was honored to have my music be a part of it.
In my debut piano CD Waterfall: Original Piano Music, I wrote the following dedication on the back cover:
This album is dedicated to all creative people. May you find your own waterfall of creativity.
I am reminded now of the enormous personal journey I underwent just to get to the point where I could even write those simple words on the back of that CD. Continue reading
The premiere of my original work Rapera, as part of Peninsula Teen Opera’s performances, happened on January 17th and 18th 2009 at Canada College in Redwood City. The talented teenagers of this unique opera workshop program worked diligently from October until January to bring to life a marvelous collection of fully-staged opera scenes, including condensed versions of Orpheus in the Underworld by Offenbach and Orpheus and Eurydice by Gluck, as well as scenes from The Sound of Music, Pirates of Penzance , Carmen , Don Giovanni and others! I am honored to have my work included among this prestigious list, and it has truly been a delight to work with these gifted teenagers.
Special thanks to Allen and Hiltrud Cathcart from Peninsula Teen Opera for allowing me this amazing opportunity to share Rapera with you.