A new commission

My dear friend Loo.My dear friend Loo Kia Chun emailed me this morning with the very happy news that a men’s chorus in Taiwan has asked me to compose a new choral work for them.  They want this in the next few weeks….!

I’m to choose the text, and that text will most likely be a psalm from the Old Testament. 

They ask for an unaccompanied work of about four minutes’ duration.  Aside from some range considerations, I have free riegn to write what I hear.  This is exciting news indeed, and a first for me–an international commission.  I’ll have an opportunity later this year to travel to the Pacific Rim to hear the work live, and perhaps to take a bow as composer. 

 (Loo was a Kansas student.  We sang in Chamber Choir together in his last year at KU, 1996-97, and traveled to the UK together on a wonderful performance tour, staying in the UK for a few more days of tourism and sightseeing.  He is one my most loved friends, a fabulous tenor, and, happily for me, a real advocate of my music and career.)

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