It was Wednesday morning and I was composing a piece about peace and harmony. I was behind schedule and it was due Friday. Even so, I couldn’t concentrate. Jamar Clark was on my mind. Just days before, this young black man was shot by police. Black Lives Matter protesters had been occupying the 4th Precinct in North Minneapolis since Sunday. Ferguson was my backyard.
Fly With Me for SSA choir and piano will be premiered at the Treble Choir Festival by Champlin Park High School’s Treble Choir which is directed by Margaret Sabin. Thank you Margaret and the women of the Champlin Park Treble choir!
I am excited to announce that I was awarded a Metropolitan Regional Arts Council Community Arts Grant (MRAC) for my project Walking Together. The concert, which will explore the topics of migration, immigration and ethnicity, will take place in the Mahtomedi, Minnesota community in the spring 2016. Readers from the local area will join musicians Margaret Humphrey (violin), Rebecca Arons (cello), and Peter O’Gorman (percussion) for an evening of original music. Attendees are welcome to bring an ethnic dish to share following the performance.