March 9, 2016
Soprano Mary Hubbell, violinist Joel Pitchon, and pianist Judith Gordon will present Caliban in After-Life as part of Smith College’s Concerts in the Noon Hour series. The piece is an imagined monologue for Caliban added to the end of Shakespeare’s Tempest. The poet, Todd Hearon, will be in town for the show and will do a reading at some point during his visit [details TBD].
March 29, 2016
The Sanibel Community Chorus (Steven Cramer, director) will premiere A Round (or two) with the Bard at their Spring Concerts in Sanibel, Florida. The piece draws on drinking songs from various Shakespeare plays to create a raucous romp with some of the Bard’s most beloved characters.
The concerts will take place on the evenings of March 29 and 31, with an additional matinee on the 30th.
May 13, 2016
The Boston Choral Ensemble (Andrew Shenton, artistic director) will present the premiere of Neither Rhyme nor Reason at First Church Cambridge, MA, on May 13, 2016. The piece is the fruit my having won their annual Commission Competition last spring. The text is from As You Like It and presents Rosalind (as Ganymede) telling Orlando all the horrible things she will do to him to cure him of his love, all the while with ulterior motives. It is rife with archetypal Shakespearian double meaning, assumed identity, and young love.
June 5, 2016
The Seattle Bach Choir (Anne Lyman, director) will premiere Fabric of Streams on June 5 in Seattle. The piece uses a text from John Muir and employs a number of aleatoric elements to evoke the fluid essence of the natural world. The rest of the concert will be works celebrating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and features works by Amy Beach, Frank Martin, Vaughan Williams, Matthew Harris, and others.