March 2, 4pm | Lecture-Recital: “The Black Clown”: Realizing Hughes
Opera singer Davóne Tines and I share our process and journey to realizing Langston Hughes’ hidden gem ‘The Black Clown‘ for the concert and theater stage (to be premiered at the American Repertory Theater in the Fall of 2018).
March 5, 3pm | Masterworks Chorale: Oseh Shalom Bimromav
Kevin Leong leads the Masterworks Chorale and Orchestra (with esteemed soloists Deborah Selig, soprano, and Thomas Jones, baritone) in my “Oseh Shalom Bimromav,” as well as works by Dove, Vasks, and Vaughan Williams. Pre-concert talk at 2:30pm.
March 18, 8pm | Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra: Freylekhe Tanzen
Arie Lipsky leads the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra in a program including my “Freylekhe Tanzen,” Grieg’s Piano Concerto (with soloist Anton Nel), Debussy’s “Nocturnes,” and Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite.”
March 21, 10:30am | Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra: Freylekhe Tanzen
Arie Lipsky leads the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra in a program for Ann Arbor’s public school grades 6–9, including my “Freylekhe Tanzen,” the first movement of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto (with soloist Chihiro Kakishima), “Nuages” from Debussy’s “Nocturnes,” and Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite.”
May 25, 9:45am | Harvard University: To the River Charles
Andy Clark leads the Harvard University Band and Commencement Choir in the world premiere of Michael Schachter’s “To the River Charles,” commissioned for Harvard’s 366th Commencement Morning Exercises. In addition to the 32,000-strong audience in attendance, the proceedings will also be live-streamed at http://www.harvard.edu/live-stream.
June 11, 10:30pm | Davóne Tines and Brentano Quartet: Amazing Grace
Davóne Tines and the Brentano Quartet perform Davóne and Michael’s co-arrangement/reimagining of “Amazing Grace” on the Saturday evening late-night program at the 2017 Ojai Music Festival.
August 12, Time TBA | NFA: Trio for Flute, Bassoon, and Piano
Pianist David Gilliland, flautist Francesca Arnone, and bassoonist Eric Varner perform my Trio for Flute, Bassoon, and Piano at the 2017 National Flute Association conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
September 11–15 | American Repertory Theater: Black Clown Workshop
Davóne Tines and the rest of the ART artistic team decamp for the first workshop (and workshop performances) of The Black Clown in preparation for the eventual staged premiere in Fall 2018.
September 21–22, 7:30pm | Knoxville Symphony: Premiere of New Composition
Aram Demirjian leads the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra in a world premiere of my new composition, commissioned for the opening concert of their 2017–18 season.
Fall 2017, Date & Time TBA | Emmett Rapaport: Variations on a Hebrew Melody
Saxophonist (and former student of mine) Emmett Rapaport gives the world premiere of the newly commissioned “Variations on a Hebrew Melody” for Alto Saxophone and Piano.
December 2, Time TBA | University of Michigan Concert Band: Premiere of New Composition
Courtney Snyder leads the world premiere of my new composition for small wind ensemble, commissioned by a consortium of university bands and wind ensembles across the United States.