Libretto, George Plimpton. Director/dramaturg Grethe B. Holby. Six animals each visit the vet, then set off to follow his advice as a hurricane blows in. SSTBBB, children's chorus, dj and puppets. Act I premiere: Atlantic Center for the Arts, Florida. Act II premiere: Peak Performances, New Jersey. Ardea Arts and the Family Opera Initiative. Spin-off: CAT. Premiere: Central Park Zoo.
Libretto, Billy Aronson. Director, Grethe Holby. Alien lands in Anytown USA on the 4th of July encountering five individualistic Americans. SMATBB, Baroque orchestra, Latin percussion. Premiere: Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn NY. American Opera Projects.
Hildegurls: Electric Ordo Virtutum
In collaboration with composers Eve Beglarian, Lisa Bielawa and Elaine Kaplinsky. Director Grethe Holby. Technologized adaptation of 12th-c. abbess mystic Hildegard von Bingen's morality opera "Ordo Virtutum (Order of the Virtues)". Premiere: Lincoln Center Festival. American Opera Projects.
SATB, Trombone, Piano. Text from Anglican George Sale's 1734 translation of the Qur'an, Chapter XCIX. Describes Islamic Judgment Day but overtones evoke contemporary earth issues.
SATB & Treble Choirs, Organ, Percussion. After Sandy, Irene and Katrina, fresh translation of OT Psalm 104 offers heartfelt prayer for safety from nature's fury. 12th Annual Carl von Ossietzky Composition Prize, Universität Oldenburg.
SATB, Piano. Commissioned by Philip Brunelle and VocalEssence for their 40th anniversary. Translations of Psalm 77 explore power of singing with medieval and gospel touches. Premiere: VocalEssence, Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, and NPR's "Performance Today." Recording. Review.
Love, I Know Beyond A Doubt
SATB, Jazz Quartet (Baritone Sax, Piano, Bass, Drums). Multitextual motet interweaves 14th-c. Machaut chanson with 11th-c. Occitans plainsong. In memory of Peter Gram Swing, Swarthmore College. Reading: VocalEssence, MN. Premiere: Vocal Chamber Ensemble with Tom Bogdan, Bennington College, VT.
The Soul's Tale
1st movement of "Native to Where." Revised 2014 and illustrated with photographs of the Maya in Zinacantán, Chiapas, Mexico, taken in late 1960s by anthropologist Frank Cancian.
Sleeping Out of Doors
Commissioned and premiered by Absolute Ensemble, conductor Kristjan Järvi, pianist FangYu Liao, Merkin Concert Hall, NYC. Excerpts: opening 'The Door of Day', 'go dancing' and 'The Door of Good and Sad Dreams'.