Premiere of "Split Signal" for Doors Open Milwaukee and Access Contemporary Music

I was recently commissioned by Doors Open Milwaukee and Access Contemporary Music to compose a piece inspired by the The Milwaukee Electric Railway and Light Company’s (now known as We Energies) Public Service Building. My work “Split Signal” features Heather Zinninger Yarmel (Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra) on flute and Orlando Pimentel (Madison Symphony Orchestra) on clarinet. I hope to post a video of the performance soon.

WE Public Service Building

WE Public Service Building





Carnegie Hall Premiere

I was honored to share my Songs of Emily Dickinson for Soprano, Harp, and String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall (Weill Hall) this past Valentine’s Day. The Chamber Orchestra of New York led by Maestro Salvatore DiVittorio featuring soprano Sarah Shafer gave a passionate performance which truly illuminated the great beauty of Dickinson’s poetry. Enjoy the audio from our rehearsals at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music and some pictures from Carnegie Hall.

Premiere at Carnegie Hall—Valentine's Day 2019

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In celebration of my 10-year partnership with Chamber Orchestra of New York, I was commissioned to compose a song cycle for soprano, string orchestra, and harp. Join us on Valentine’s Day, Thursday, February 14th 2019 to hear my Songs of Emily Dickinson which will be performed by the phenomenal Sarah Shafer (Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera). Get your tickets here: https://www.carnegiehall.org/calendar/2019/02/14/chamber-orchestra-of-new-york-0730pm

 

 

 

 

 

Pas de deux—Online release

Pas de deux has just been released online!

Director Christopher Sutherland and I collaborated on a film about...artistic collaboration. This short follows Lizzy—a modern dancer (played by Mary Carter) and Ben—a classical composer (played by Morton Hallberg) as they struggle to find artistic success in New York City. It was an honor to work with such gifted artists. 

 

 

 

 

Presenting Once 'Round the Circle

I had the great pleasure of recording Once 'Round the Circle with singers/actresses Brigid Harrington, Shannon Harrington, and Cheryl Ann McCullagh. We tracked the vocals at Avatar Studios, and recorded string trio and piano at The Gallery Recording Studio with producer Brian Forbes

Here's the synopsis:

The three Mackenzie sisters are stuck in their house waiting for a winter storm to pass. After losing their mother years earlier, bossy eldest sister Emily tries to mind the home while keeping the peace. Twelve-year-old Charlotte insists on being the center of attention and drives her sisters to distraction. When the sun comes out, she convinces Emily and dour younger sister Dolly to go skating on the pond just behind their house. The freedom of playing on the ice brings about a change that will forever transform their relationship.

 

 

Co-production of Naxos Vaughan Williams CD

The Chamber Orchestra of New York wrapped up our season this week with concerts at Carnegie Hall and Adelphi University's Performing Arts Center. We spent today tracking three Vaughan Williams compositions for a CD on the Naxos label. I was honored to work with internationally acclaimed violinist Jennifer Pike, Sina Kloke (our 2014 Respighi Prize recipient), Evan Wilson (LA Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Juilliard), Salvatore Di Vittorio, and Bill Siegmund (Digital Island Studios). 

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We Finished Filming!

Collaboration Scene

One year ago, director Christopher Sutherland and I decided to create a short film together. After many cups of coffee and tea we settled on a story about a dancer and composer struggling to find artistic success in New York City. We were privileged to work with Mary Carter and Morton Hallberg who brought these characters to life. We're finishing up the editing and music and hope to begin submitting to film festivals soon.





Release of my new song "The Hero"

I’ve just release my new song called "The Hero". I was inspired to write this song after watching a 60 Minutes episode on United States Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer.

Recorded at The Gallery Recording Studio - Brooklyn, NY 

Producer/Engineer: Brian Forbes 

Vocals/Keyboard: Shanan Estreicher

Guitar/Bass: Brian Forbes 

Drum Set: Brian Fishler

The Nightingale

I was honored to receive a commission from classical guitarist Sean Satin, to compose a piece for his recital at The Turtle Bay Music School in NYC. I wrote "The Nightingale" for Sean and mezzo soprano Julie Rulyak Steinberg. After a beautiful performance we recorded the song at  The Gallery Recording Studio

 

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