A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, opera a cappella now available at Albany Records

Monday, October 17, 2016

Albuquerque Speed Dating Tonight!

Shea Perry and Ian Johnson star in “Speed Dating Tonight!” (Courtesy of Mary Brzezinski)
(Courtesy of Mary Brzezinski)

Here's a nice article in the Albuquerque Journal about the upcoming production of SPEED DATING TONIGHT! at the University of New Mexico. It refers to SDT! as "wildly popular." I guess it is. The actual information is forty two productions since the 2013 premiere, with eighteen this season.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Radio Interview about SPEED DATING TONIGHT!

Here's a link to a radio interview about the University of New Mexico's upcoming production of SPEED DATING TONIGHT! I love that they call it "high stakes musical chairs."

Wednesday, October 5, 2016


Nice picture from the group that's doing SPEED DATING TONIGHT! at Georgia Southern University October 21 and 22. More info here.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Marriage of Figaro at Amarillo Opera

Time for a little Mozart at Amarillo Opera. Photo is by Susanna, Madison Leonard and is from Amarillo's Cadillac Ranch, not to be confused with the Mustang Ranch. It is nice to see Darren K. Stokes again who is singing Figaro.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

I recently posted this little bit of advertising (bragvertising?) on facebook--

It is gratifying, to say the least, to see how well SPEED DATING TONIGHT! is doing this season. 
This fall it is playing at Auburn University, Georgia Southern University, Lawrence School of Music, University of New Mexico, Amarillo Opera, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, Otterbein University, and University of North Carolina at Greensboro, I supposed it would be nice to have written a profound and lengthy show like SUSANNAH or THE CRUCIBLE, but we are what we are! 

Sunday, August 28, 2016

This one and the next one

I had a great time earlier this month remounting ALICE RYLEY for Savannah Voice Festival. It was a great honor to me that SVF decided to revisit ALICE so soon.

They have announced the second one act I'm going to write for them. ANNA HUNTER. I'm going to attempt to chronicle her efforts to save Savannah's historic character in the 1950s. The full opera is going to be called ALICE AND ANNA.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Old media

I was too busy last summer, so this summer I took July off, at least in the sense of not being on the road. Some home renovations included the floor of my studio, so it has been a good time to throw stuff out and reorganize. I've kept two scanners busy--sometimes both at once, digitizing old programs and contracts. 

I have lived through an age of technological change for the way music has been recorded. I have reel to reel tapes, cassettes, Digital Audio Tapes (DAT), CDs and digital files. I have 5.25 floppy disks, 3.5 disks, and something called an Imation Super Disk

I've spent the last couple days converting cassettes into digital files. The only way to do it is to actually play them. There are some moderately depressing aspects--piles of tapes of songs that never got heard by anyone--but many good things. Just a few of the notable performances are an orchestra piece called FLOOR EXERCISES which imagined an olympic gymnastic competition. Each piece was preceded by witty narration by David Manning. My music doesn't rise to the standard of David's delightful parody. It was performed in the mid-eighties in Durham, North Carolina. Another great performance was BUOSO'S GHOST at Chicago Opera Theater in 2000. It was beautifully conducted by their maestro at the time, Lawrence Rapchak.

I've always found getting rid of stuff a bit difficult, but I was inspired by this article about Marie Kondo in the New York Times. 

I'm probably going to end up sending a big box of cassettes to Washington state for recycling. Fortunately they can go "media rate."

Friday, June 10, 2016

SHOT! opens tonight in Buffalo

production photo by Glenn Murray

For nearly a month, we've been at Nickel City Opera in Buffalo helping birth a new opera, SHOT! by Persis Vehar. About the assassination of President McKinley at the Pan American Exposition, the opera has been given a beautiful production. It should go well tonight!

Sunday, April 3, 2016


Nice interview here about the upcoming SPEED DATING TONIGHT! production at University of Texas at El Paso. Tickets to their production include a dinner.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Lutefisk dinner in Fargo

Out on the road at Fargo Moorhead Opera and there was an opportunity to try lutefisk. Although it wasn't something I'd crave, I've certainly had things that were more challenging to eat. They served it with a butter sauce and a cream sauce. The lady who served me the sauce on the lutefisk said "I don't eat that stuff."