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September 30, 2020

‘Devil’s Food Cake’ Performance

My score for the short silent film Devil’s Food Cake will be performed on October 9th as part of the Thirsty Ears Festival in Chicago.

July 28, 2020

‘Four for Diane Arbus’ Performance 8/4

I’ll be playing two movements from my solo piano piece Four for Diane Arbus, inspired by four images from the groundbreaking photographer, at a social bubble concert on August 4th in the Chelsea home of Mark Kostabi.

August 4, 6:00 EDT
No audience allowed but you can stream it live here.

 

June 26, 2020

‘The Numinous’ Performance

I’ll be playing my piece the Numinous with violinist Lynn Bechtold in a fun social distance concert in a townhouse in Manhattan on June 28. I’ll also give the World Premiere of a new piece by composer Charles Coleman accompanying Charles as baritone.

The concert also features music of Gene Pritsker, Lynn Bechtold, Mark Kostabi, Milica Paranosic, Peter Jarvis and Jed Distler and will be streamed live to all of our Facebook pages.  Check it out!

June 28 5:00 EDT
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June 21, 2020

Sound of Silent Film Festival Virtual Presentation

Ok, so the fest didn’t go on as planned on March 28.  No surprise there.  But the Sound of Silent Film: VIrtual Edition is this weekend!  There are two completely new shows and they are fabulous.  We’ll “air” them this Friday and Saturday evenings.

The presentations are free but, because we’ve put an enormous amount of time, energy and money into making sure that this production is the highest quality possible, we’re asking that everyone register to receive the streaming link.

We’ll send it out Friday and Saturday morning for each show.  Nearly 1,000 people have registered so far.  Don’t miss the chance to watch great films and hear great music with people around the country in real time!

June 26 and 27 7:00 PM Central Time

Register to watch

May 26, 2020

Grant Park Music Festival Virtual Lecture

 

I’ve been giving pre-concert lectures for the Grant Park Music Festival for five years and was kind of starting to take it for granted that I would spend part of each summer at Chicago’s beautiful Millennium Park.

But something about tens of thousands of people crammed onto a lawn didn’t seem like a good idea this year so they canceled it.  We’re still doing some things virtually though, including this lecture I gave on Tchaikovsky’s second symphony and Prokofiev’s first violin concerto.

Watch it Here

May 15, 2020

Relevant Tones – Pandemic Dances

Composers and performers are finding incredibly creative ways to continue connecting and making great music in the midst of a global pandemic.

I talked with composers Suzanne Farrin, Gene Pritsker, Carlos Simon, Liza Sobel and Greg Bartholomew as well as superstar countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo and American Composers Orchestra’s Artistic Director Derek Bermel.

April 20, 2020

Relevant Tones Livestream – What’s the Narrative?

It seems like a lifetime ago now but back in February I relaunched Relevant Tones as a live stream series pairing conversation on a given topic with music related to the topic. Ok, so we no longer have venues but we do have tons of creative people at home with time on their hands so what better time to produce a new episode?

The theme for episode #273 is narrative in music and literature. My musical guests will be cellist Nicholas Photinos and his wife pianist Yasuko Oura.  I’ll also be talking with novelist J. Robert Lennon and composers Nathalie Joachim and David T. Little about how they structure their literary and musical narratives.

Music to be performed includes pieces by yours truly, David and Nathalie and also Andrew Norman and Karen Tanaka. All of this will be happening in real time because I don’t currently have enough to stress me out so why not pile on some more?

Seriously though, I like this kind of stress, the kind related to doing cool events a whole lot better than the stress I faced a few weeks ago when it seemed like everything I spent most of my adult life building was going to crash and burn.  It still could of course but better to keep the mind busy.

I hope you tune in for what promises to be a fascinating conversation with great music!

May 1, 7:00 Central, 8:00 Eastern
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April 8, 2020

Classical Excursions Virtual Lecture Series

Wow, what a month we just had!  Like every arts organization ACM needs your support to survive these perilous times.  But we’re not just sticking our hand out.

We’ve launched a new series, hosted by yours truly, called Classical Excursions that is a virtual lecture series about key moments in classical music history.

With my signature mix of humor, fascinating insights and the occasional inaccuracy I’ll cover four of my favorite topics.  Check ’em out and sign up now!

Lecture #1

Why not start the lecture series with a musical portrait of the city where I’m currently quarantined?  New York City has seen some of the most important developments in classical music

I’ll start with the arrival of Antonin Dvorak in1893 and talk about the influence of Harry T. Burleigh on his music which serves as a great stepping stone to George Gershwin and Duke Ellington and then it’s off to Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, minimalism, the uptown/downtown divide and more!

Lecture #2

The Romantic Era in music, as in all of the arts, was an era of wild creativity and wild excess.  Seth will give backdrop on the era and give historical perspective on key figures including the man who started it all, E.T.A. Hoffman.

Music by several of the most important composers of the era will be featured including Franz Schubert, Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn, Hector Berlioz, Robert Schumann and more.

Lecture #3

Composers throughout all eras have obsessed over the idea of national identity even, in the case of Jean Sibelius and Finland, been instrumental in helping create a national identity through their music.

I’ll discuss how composers in the Czech Republic, United States of America, Russia, England, France, Poland, China and Germany have wrestled with or embraced nationalism and how it affected their music.

Lecture #4

Before there were rap battles there was the epic, well ok maybe not epic but certainly consequential, showdown between two titans of 20th century music: Igor Stravinsky and Arnold Schoenberg.

This lecture will talk about how each composer had a hand in indelibly defining a century of classical music with reverberations continuing today.

 

March 1, 2020

Concept Lab is March 8

We’re celebrating the tenth anniversary of Concept Lab by bringing in our first guest artists! Cello quartet Hole in the Floor will be visiting New York to play some of their rep and to workshop new pieces.

I’ve written a new piece called Ecstatic Fury and am excited to hear it!

March 8 4:30
Rockwood Music Hall, stage 3
185 Orchard, New York
$10

February 19, 2020

Sound of Silent Film Festival on March 28

ACM’s Sound of Silent Film Festival, which I started back in 2005, turns 15 this year!  I scored a wonderfully comedic short film called Devil’s Food Cake.

There are fourteen other modern silent films over two programs, all with new scores performed live.  Don’t miss it!

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