OUR TRUE HERITAGE
The premiere of OUR TRUE HERITAGE, commissioned by the CONTRA COSTA CHORALE and based on the poem of the same name by Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh, took place on November 19 and 20, 2016 in Berkeley, California. The piece was written for SATB choir, harp and baritone solo. Jillian Risigari-gai was my harp coach and she played the premiere beautifully. Sepp Hammar was the amazing voice who sang the baritone solos. This 20 minute work includes 3 choral movements and 2 harp interludes. It was my pleasure to work with the lovely and talented Cindy Beitmen as she led the wonderful chorale members in their 50th Anniversary celebration.
OUR TRUE HERITAGE will be performed again on April 30, 2017 with Dr. Jonathan Talberg conducting his church choir from the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles. Come on out for the 11am service to hear the piece!
will receive its California premiere on April 10, 2016 in Napa, CA at Mont La Salle. Jan Lanterman will conduct the women of Sing Napa Valley in a concert that will also include Randall Thompson's TESTAMENT OF FREEDOM for men's voices. MAGDALENE was written last year for Jennie Tibben and the Bella Voce Women's Ensemble based on the beautiful poetry of Bill Wallis. It traces the spiritual transformation of Mary in 5 movements for choir and instrumental ensemble.
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Listen to the entire work below:
SICUT CERVUS (SSA) was performed this past Spring by the wonderful by Coro Femenino, Pontificia Catholica Universidad de Peru.. The piece found on www.MusicSpoke.com by their wonderful conductor Isabel Salas.
SONGS OF FATHERHOOD
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SONGS OF FATHERHOOD was broadcast on KING-FM in Seattle on Father's Day. Look for more great performances of this work in the coming months. Read more about this work by clicking MANUSCRIPT SCORES. You can also see a video of the premiere performance.
THIS LIGHT IS MINE
The next collaboration between D. V. M. and Bill Wallis is the new Christmas carol THIS LIGHT IS MINE. A recording will be available soon. Please write me for an advanced perusal copy.
This Light Is Mine is a modern carol with an ancient flavor. It includes modes that are reminiscent of ages past, as well as a strong community singing component. It is meant to celebrate the festive season in unity while being cognizant of suffering in the world. The percussion adds both a ritual and tribal feel to the music and sentiment, which alternates between spirited and reflective, finally ending with the message of peace, joy and sweet goodwill. Light was premiered by the La Habra High School Chamber Singers on Dec. 1, 2015.
I am proud to announce that Brandon Elliott and the Choral Arts Initiative of Orange County, CA has commissioned me to write a new piece for premiere on July 15, 2017. I will be one of five composers who will be performed at the concert. My subject will again be a poem by Thich Nhat Hanh, PEACE IS EVERY STEP, and will be for SATB choir and harp.