'The Good Shepherd' - Idaho Premiere
Jun
20
7:30 pm19:30

'The Good Shepherd' - Idaho Premiere

  • Fairfax United Methodist Church

Dr. Randall Kempton and the BYU-Idaho Choirs and Orchestra give the Idaho premiere of "The Good Shepherd".

Commissioned by a consortium of choirs including the BYU-Idaho (Rexburg, ID) Choruses, St. Thomas Parish Chorus (Cincinnati, OH), and the Fairfax United Methodist Chorus (Fairfax, VA), The Good Shepherd is a cantata for tenor, mixed chorus, and organ. This new work contemplates the role of Christ as the Shepherd of all the human race. The text has been complied from Holy Scripture and the hymns of Phyllis Wocher and Douglas Pew. The premiere will be conducted by Dr. Carlton Monroe.

For more information about the work, please visit The Good Shepherd page.

'The Good Shepherd' - VA Premiere
May
22
9:30 am09:30

'The Good Shepherd' - VA Premiere

  • Fairfax United Methodist Church

Dr. Jonathan Giblin and the Fairfax United Methodist Choir give the VA premiere of "The Good Shepherd".

Commissioned by a consortium of choirs including the BYU-Idaho (Rexburg, ID) Choruses, St. Thomas Parish Chorus (Cincinnati, OH), and the Fairfax United Methodist Chorus (Fairfax, VA), The Good Shepherd is a cantata for tenor, mixed chorus, and organ. This new work contemplates the role of Christ as the Shepherd of all the human race. The text has been complied from Holy Scripture and the hymns of Phyllis Wocher and Douglas Pew. The premiere will be conducted by Dr. Carlton Monroe.

For more information about the work, please visit The Good Shepherd page.

WORLD PREMIERE - 'The Good Shepherd'
May
15
5:00 pm17:00

WORLD PREMIERE - 'The Good Shepherd'

  • St. Thomas Episcopal Church

Commissioned by a consortium of choirs including the BYU-Idaho (Rexburg, ID) Choruses, St. Thomas Parish Chorus (Cincinnati, OH), and the Fairfax United Methodist Chorus (Fairfax, VA), The Good Shepherd is a cantata for 2 male soloists, mixed chorus, and organ. This new work contemplates the role of Christ as the Shepherd of all the human race. The text has been complied from Holy Scripture and the hymns of Phyllis Wocher and Douglas Pew. The premiere will be conducted by Dr. Carlton Monroe. Subsequent regional premiere will occur in Idaho and Virginia by the other consortium members during 2016.

For more information about the work, please visit The Good Shepherd page.

Apr
14
7:30 pm19:30

Bagatelles - Kara Huber at The Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, Four Seasons Centre

Music and sports don’t seem to mix but in reality, there are a surprising number of people devoted to both. I, for one, am a baseball and an opera fan, as I am fond of saying that both are long-winded! American pianist Kara Huber is giving a noon hour concert at the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre on Thursday, April 14 which she calls Baseball, Yoga, and Other Sports for the Contemporary Pianist.  She’s performing works inspired by the world of sports. The program includes a world premiere by David Rakowski and the Canadian premiere of Douglas Pew’s Bagatelles, as well as Canadian composer Alexina Louie’s Put on Your Running Shoes and a work by Annie Gosfield inspired by the pivotal Yankees-Dodgers Game 4 in the 1941 World Series. Sounds like fun!  Here’s a PDF of the program.

'What Cost, What Price, What Debt We Owe'
Mar
20
10:15 am10:15

'What Cost, What Price, What Debt We Owe'

  • St. Thomas Episcopal Church

The St. Thomas Episcopal Parish Choir of Cincinnati performs the Passion time anthem What Cost, What Price, What Debt We Owe, based on the deeply moving text by poet Phyllis Wocher. A movement from the Easter cantata The Firstfruits of Them That Slept, this work depicts the believers realization of the debt owed to the Lord for His great atoning sacrifice. 

WORLD PREMIERE - 'Psalm 130'
Feb
14
5:00 pm17:00

WORLD PREMIERE - 'Psalm 130'

The Schola Cantorum at St. Thomas Episcopal Church will premiere this new Psalm setting during the February Bach Vespers at St. Thomas, featuring the renowned Bach Ensemble. The new work is a part of the continuing effort of the composer-in-residence program.

WORLD PREMIERE - 'As an Instrument of thy Peace'
Jan
31
10:15 am10:15

WORLD PREMIERE - 'As an Instrument of thy Peace'

  • St. Thomas Episcopal Church

St. Thomas Episcopal Parish Choir will give the World Premiere performance of the choral version of As an Instrument of Thy Peace. This work was originally composed as an aria for soprano and chamber orchestra as a part of the sacred cantata Sing Unto the Lord a New Song. It is a setting of the beautiful devotional poem by Cincinnati local poet, Phyllis Wocher.

WORLD PREMIERE - 'For Unto Us a Child is Born'
Dec
20
5:00 pm17:00

WORLD PREMIERE - 'For Unto Us a Child is Born'

  • St. Thomas Episcopal Church

The St. Thomas Parish Choir will premiere this new Christmas Carol based on the famous text used by Handel in his Messiah (Isaiah 9:6). This a cappella setting is an excited a jubilant welcome to the Christ Child. 

2 Christmas Premieres - 2nd Performance
Dec
13
7:00 pm19:00

2 Christmas Premieres - 2nd Performance

  • St. Andrew United Methodist Church

A Very Merry Rhapsody for Organ and Orchestra and And the Word Was Made Flesh for Chorus, Organ, Brass, and Percussion will be premiered on the annual Christmas Concert at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Plano, TX. Commissioned by Dr. Jonathan Gregoire (principal organist) and St. Andrew, these new works honor Reverend Charles Stokes and Chris Crook (outgoing director of music) respectively. 

2 Christmas Premieres - 1st Performance
Dec
13
4:00 pm16:00

2 Christmas Premieres - 1st Performance

  • St. Andrew United Methodist Church

A Very Merry Rhapsody for Organ and Orchestra and And the Word Was Made Flesh for Chorus, Organ, Brass, and Percussion will be premiered on the annual Christmas Concert at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Plano, TX. Commissioned by Dr. Jonathan Gregoire (principal organist) and St. Andrew, these new works honor Reverend Charles Stokes and Chris Crook (outgoing director of music) respectively. 

WORLD PREMIERE - 'Lo the Bridegroom Comes'
Dec
6
6:00 pm18:00

WORLD PREMIERE - 'Lo the Bridegroom Comes'

  • St. Thomas Episcopal Church

World premiere of new cantata for soprano, trumpet and strings

Lo the Bridegroom Comes, a new cantata, was commissioned by a consortium of performers and ensembles, organized by trumpeter, Dr. Jason Bergman. Dr. Bergman will play the trumpet solo at the premiere alongside soprano Melissa Harvey and The Bach Ensemble at St. Thomas, conducted by Dr. Carlton Monroe. The text for this work has been compiled by Douglas Pew from the Holy Scriptures and the hymns of Phyllis Wocher and Douglas Pew.

Broadcast Premiere - 'Hark All Ye Nations'
Sep
19
11:00 am11:00

Broadcast Premiere - 'Hark All Ye Nations'

The LDS Church will dedicate a historic site at the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania to commemorate the restoration of the Priesthood to Joseph Smith on May 15, 1829. As a part of the dedication service, the Scranton, PA Stake Choir will perform my arrangement of the hymn tune Hark All Ye Nations for Chorus and Organ. The live broadcast video fee will be available at this link: https://www.lds.org/church/events/priesthood-restoration-site-dedication?lang=eng.

Ascendit Deus, World Premiere
May
17
4:30 pm16:30

Ascendit Deus, World Premiere

  • Fairfax United Methodist Church

Dr. Jonathan Giblin and the Fairfax United Methodist Church Choir will perform the World Premiere of the new anthem they have commissioned, Ascendit Deus

'Penny' - World Premiere (Night #2)
Jan
24
7:30 pm19:30

'Penny' - World Premiere (Night #2)

  • John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

2-night Premiere at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

PENNY is the story of a woman, Penelope Rutherford, who discovers, as an adult, that her voice is good enough for her to be a professional musician. Penny is autistic; some members of her family have never learned to treat her as an adult. Consequently, when Penny begins to pursue a career as an independent performer, she comes into conflict with her family--and has to make a choice between their misguided wishes and her growing desire to perform. 

'Penny' - World Premiere (Night #1)
Jan
23
7:30 pm19:30

'Penny' - World Premiere (Night #1)

  • John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

2-night Premiere at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

PENNY is the story of a woman, Penelope Rutherford, who discovers, as an adult, that her voice is good enough for her to be a professional musician. Penny is autistic; some members of her family have never learned to treat her as an adult. Consequently, when Penny begins to pursue a career as an independent performer, she comes into conflict with her family--and has to make a choice between their misguided wishes and her growing desire to perform.