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New movie!

Posted on October 1, 2012 with 0 comments
Shooting has just started on Jacksonville University Films' newest project, "Malfi." Looking forward to working on this project, my fourth collaboration with director Carolina Conte.

Dracula: A Radio Play, opens October 28 (with an encore presentation October 30th), 7:30pm at Jacksonville University's Terry Concert Hall. Directed by Deborah Jordan, "Dracula" is a re-enactment of Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre on the Air production originally broadcast on the Columbia Broadcasting System, July 11, 1938. Our performances feature transcribed music originally composed by the legendary Bernard Hermann, and performed by members of the Jacksonville University orchestra.

I'm also working on "Fanfare" for viola and oboe, commissioned by Eric and Ellen Olson for a November 4th performance.


Posted on September 27, 2011 with 0 comments
WOW - the only word to accurately describe the young men and women of the Jacksonville University Orchestra. What an extraordinary pair of evenings of rehearsal and recording the musical score to JU's newest motion picture, "In One Brow of Woe."

Too many names to mention for outstanding service, but VERY SPECIAL THANKS goes to:
Dr. Marguerite Richardson (Music Director of the Orchestra), Dr. Jianjun He, Prof. Laura Dwyer, Prof. Shannon Lockwood, Prof. Sean Morgan, and Prof. Brent Bevis. Special recognition to Dr. Thomas Harrison who engineered the recording session, and assistant Christopher Davis (student).

Very special thanks to Peter Dutilly, (composition/viola performance double-major) for printing score and ALL of the musicians' parts for rehearsal and performance.

Special recognition, of course, to Dr. Carolina Conte (the picture's director) and all the cast and crew of "In One Brow of Woe."

Look for the film at Swisher Theater Nov. 4 at 7:30pm, and Nov. 5 at 3pm.

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New work ...

Posted on July 15, 2011 with 0 comments
I'm THRILLED to start working on a new work ... a suite of three pieces I'm tentatively calling "Atlas of Remote Islands: Three Symphonic Poems for Soprano and Orchestra." I've just received permission from the author of the book, "Atlas of Remote Islands," to use her fascinating work for this music. One of the "Islands" is Howland Island ... write to me if you know what makes this island so important.

... put the last notes on paper TODAY, Feb. 2, 2011! It's cool!!! Mostly just a jumble of ideas. Looking forward to hearing it with Laura Dwyer and Rhonda Cassano!

Great session this afternoon with director and sound editor. Looking forward to the final product. Mr. O'Brien has poured his life into this work and the care he has shown in this picture is obvious.

This has been a two-year project for me and I'm delighted with the outcome.

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