Some more exciting news… I’m a Semi-Finalist in The American Prize for composition! I advanced with “Mountain Suite” in the Orchestra division and “Ile” in the Opera, Theatre, Film division.
What a joy to make music again with Cantor David Goldstein! Cantor Goldstein has been such a huge influence on my musical life since I became bar mitzvah at Temple Beth Zion in Buffalo, New York almost 20 years ago (!) and it was an honor to be there for the premiere of my “Three Poems of … More Premiere of “Three Poems of Yehuda Amichai” in Chicago’s North Suburbs
Friends: the fabulous Aurea Silva Trio is playing my piece again tonight at the White Lake Chamber Music Festival! This great group has performed all over the Midwest and at IDRS 2013 and are great champions of new music. Wish them break a leg with me!
Thanks to Thompson Street Opera Company for a great performance of “Ile” this weekend!
“The score is Italian verismo, updated and made American through language, O’Neill’s inescapably stark New England and composer Donner’s own gift at establishing mood and tone. The music strongly hints of Puccini and his disciples. It draws one in, being melodic, lushly orchestrated and dramatic, eminently suited to O’Neill’s tragic material.” … More Review of “Ile” in Herald Times Online
Tune in today at noon to hear Ben Smith, Eric Lindsay, and me on WFIU talk about our upcoming premieres with the New Voices Opera! http://indianapublicmedia.org/radio/program-schedule/
On Saturday, March 29, the fabulous Akropolis Quintet will premiere a new composition of mine at Heidelberg University in Tifflin, Ohio. The composition is entitled Street Beat and was composed as part of the Quintet’s Project Sonata commissioning project. The quintet’s latest release, Unraveled, is available now on CDBaby, iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify.
Honored to have been a part of the First Readings Project last week in Saint Paul, Minnesota. It was a special treat to hear a new composition for choir beautifully performed in an intimate setting. Thanks to J. David Moore and Studio Z for the opportunity.
Just found out that the Aurea Silva Trio will be on WGTE Radio this morning at 10 AM performing my music! You can listen here. The Aurea Silva Trio is an innovative chamber ensemble consisting of flute, bassoon and piano. The trio is committed to popularizing the existing pieces for this instrumentation, and are excited to commission collaborative … More Radio Broadcast This Morning on WGTE with Aurea Silva Trio
Last weekend was the premiere of Mountain Suite for String Orchestra by Chamber Orchestra of New York in Carnegie Hall. Thanks to Salvatore di Vittorio and the Chamber Orchestra of New York for making this happen and to my family and friends who came to support me!