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December 18, 8pm | Davóne Tines and Michael Schachter: Were You There

Loeb Mainstage, American Repertory Theater, Cambridge, MA

Davóne Tines and I perform the Boston premiere of our multimedia music-theater exploration of police brutality in America.

December 6, 8pm | University of Michigan Concert Band: Premiere of Karnatakamalika

Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, MI

Courtney Snyder leads the world premiere of Karnatakamalika for small wind ensemble, commissioned by a consortium of university bands and wind ensembles across the United States.

November 12, 11am | Harvard University Choir: To the River Charles

Memorial Church, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Edward Jones leads the Harvard University Choir in the first performance with organ accompaniment of “To the River Charles” as part of the Memorial Church’s Veteran’s Day/Commemoration of Benefactors Service, featuring guest speaker Rep. Seth Moulton, D-MA.

September 21–22, 7:30pm | Knoxville Symphony: Premiere of New Composition

Tennessee Theatre, Knoxville, TN

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.

September 11–15 | American Repertory Theater: Black Clown Workshop

Various venues, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

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 6, 8pm | Resonant Bodies Festival: Were You There

Roulette Intermedium, Brooklyn, NY

Davóne Tines and I perform the premiere of our dramatic theater piece, Were You There (co-created and directed by Zack Winokur), as the closing performance on opening night of the 2017 Resonant Bodies Festival.

August 12, Time TBA | NFA: Trio for Flute, Bassoon, and Piano

Minneapolis, Minnesota

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.

June 11, 10:30pm | Davóne Tines and Brentano Quartet: Amazing Grace

Ojai Music Festival, Libbey Bowl, Ojai, CA

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.

May 25, 9:45am | Harvard University: To the River Charles

Tercentenary Theatre, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

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

March 21, 10:30am | Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra: Freylekhe Tanzen

Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, MI

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.”

March 18, 8pm | Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra: Freylekhe Tanzen

Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor, MI

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 5, 3pm | Masterworks Chorale: Oseh Shalom Bimromav

Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

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 2, 4pm | Lecture-Recital: “The Black Clown”: Realizing Hughes

Beinecke Library, Yale University, New Haven, CT

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).

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