Past Events

This season, I will be continuing my interests in humanistic music and theatrical genres.
Each of my threads of interest – opera, silent film, Greco-Roman antiquity, and folk music –
grows a little longer in the coming months.

More events will be added as they are confirmed.

January 2016

January 8
7:30 PM

NEW MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM
THE IRON HORSE (John Ford, 1924)
I will be at the Packard Campus Wurlitzer organ accompanying this epic screen homage to the steam locomotive, depicting the building of the Transcontinental Railroad.
Library of Congress Mt. Pony Theater
Culpeper, VA

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March 17-19

Guest Composer Residency
Estonian Academy of Music and Theate
Tallinn, Estonia

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April 17
4:00 PM

Premiere of "Agamemnon Suite," for orchestra
(Based on music from the opera Agamemnon)
An orchestral suite of arias from this operatic work based on Aeschylus' ancient Greek tragedy.
Catholic University of America Symphony Orchestra
Simeone Tartaglione, conductor
St. Matthew's Cathedral
Washington, D.C.

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April 30, 7:00 PM
May 1, 2:00 PM

Performance of my orchestral score for THE GENERAL
(Buster Keaton, 1926)
A repeat performance, back by popular demand, of Maestro Love and CO's 2014 performances of THE GENERAL at AFI
The Columbia Orchestra
Jason Love, conductor
AFI Silver Theatre
Silver Spring, MD

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May 11
8:45 PM

American Silent Film Comedies at Rome's Cinema Trevi
I accompany a program of American silent film comedies starring Harry Langdon and Charley Chase, in piano versions of my scores. Presented by the Cineteca Nazionale.
Cinema Trevi/Cineteca Nazionale
Vicolo del Puttarello, 25, 187 Roma

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May 14
1:45-2:45 PM

At the Mansion at Strathmore
I present a lecture on scoring for silent film and visual media, entitled "Score!" Part of Strathmore's "Seminars for Career Musicians."
The Mansion at Strathmore
North Bethesda, MD

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May 14
7:30 PM

Premiere of "Patterns and Lines," for chorus, string quartet and harp
Commissioned by Cantate Chamber Singers
Gisele Becker, Music Director and Conductor
James Rogers, baritone soloist
First Congregational United Church of Christ
945 G St NW, Washington, DC

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June 16
7:30 PM

NEW MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM
WHISPERING SHADOWS (dir. Emile Chautard, 1921)
THAT MODEL FROM PARIS (dir. Louis J. Gasnier, 1926)
Library of Congress Mt. Pony Theater
LOC Packard Campus for Audio-Visual Conservation
Culpeper, VA

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June 16 - June 18

NEW MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM
MOSTLY LOST 5 - A three-day symposium which attracts film specialists from around the globe who work together to identify unknown films. I am one of three accompanists at the bench, and will provide music for the Thursday, June 16 public program (see above)
LOC Packard Campus for Audio-Visual Conservation
Culpeper, VA

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July 15
7:30 PM

NEW MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM
"Too Many Mammas: Silent Comedies of the Jazz Age"
A program of films with Buster Keaton, Harry Langdon, and Charley Chase.
Strand Theater
Shelbyville, IN

July 27
7:30 PM

NEW MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM
FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE (dir. Sam Taylor, 1926)
Cinema Arts Centre
Huntington, NY

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August 6
2:00 PM

NEW MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM
THE BELOVED ROGUE (Alan Crosland 1927)
John Barrymore stars as medieval French poet Francois Villon. I provide a new theater organ score for this historical drama.
LOC Mt. Pony Theater
Culpeper VA

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August 27
7:30 PM

NEW MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM
CAPTAIN BLOOD (David and Albert E. Smith, 1924)
A swashbuckling adventure, starring J. Warren Kerrifan and Jean Paige as Arabella, made a few years before the 1935 remake starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland. I will provide a new theater organ score.
LOC Mt. Pony Theater
Culpeper VA

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September 3
2:00 PM

NEW MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM
REDSKIN (Victor Schertzinger, 1929)
Richard Dix stars as Navajo Wing Foot, in a remarkably sensitive portrayal of Native American experience. Includes numerous lovely Technicolor sequences. Part of the series, "Glorious Technicolor" I reprise an organ score earlier premiered at LOC Culpeper.
AFI Silver Theater
Silver Spring, MD

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September 4
2:00 PM

NEW MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM
THE TOLL OF THE SEA (Chester M. Franklin, 1922)
Anna Mae Wong, stars in her first starring role in the first Technicolor feature filmed in Hollywood. Part of the series, "Glorious Technicolor" I provide a new theater organ score for this feature.
AFI Silver Theater
Silver Spring, MD

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September 25
4:00 PM

PERFORMANCE
BEHIND THE SCREEN (Charlie Chaplin, 1916)
SHOW PEOPLE (King Vidor, 1928)
Atlas Silent Film Series (1st season)
I inaugurate this new DC film series with two classic silents about film making.
Atlas Center for the Performing Arts
1333 H Street NE Washington, DC 20002

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October 13
6:30 and 8:00 PM

PARALLEL PRACTICES: MODERN RE-MIXED
ENTR'ACTE (Rene Clair, 1924); BALLET MECANIQUE (Fernand Leger, 1924); ANEMIC CINEMA (Marcel Duchamp, 1926)
National Gallery of Art
After Hours in the East Building, part of a year-long celebration of the East Building's reopening. Free, but online registration required. For audiences 21-over.
NGA East Building Galleries, Washington, DC

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November 2
7:30 PM

NEW MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM
WHISPERING SHADOWS (Emile Chataud, 1921)
I re-present my organ score for this rare film, both of which made a stir when screened at Library of Congress' Mostly Lost symposium this past summer.
AFI Silver Theatre
Culpeper, VA.

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November 5
7:30 PM

NEW MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM
WILD HORSE MESA (George B. Seitz, 1925)
I provide a new organ score for this Western based on a novel by Zane Grey and starring a young Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
Free Admission.
Library of Congress Mt. Pony Theater
Culpeper, VA.

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November 12
1:00 PM

NEW MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM
CAVE OF THE SILKEN WEB (1927, Dan Duyu)
NGA Chinese drama thought lost until rediscovered in Norway in 2011. Free admission.
National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium
Washington, DC

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November 17-19
7:30 PM
November 20
2:00 PM

OPERA
The Outcasts of Poker Flat
Catholic University presents my one-act chamber opera based on Bret Harte's short story, in a new version with chamber ensemble.
Ward Recital Hall, Catholic University of America
Washington, DC

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November 30
7:00 PM

Music + Film at UMD
I give a master class for UMD students composing and performing new scores for short silent films.
University of Maryland, College Park, MD

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December 1
7:30 PM

NEW MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM
Music + Film at UMD
WHISPERING SHADOWS (Emile Chataud, 1921)
I perform a new piano score for this feature silent film as guest performer at UMD.
Leah M. Smith Hall
University of Maryland, College Park, MD

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December 11
4:00 PM

NEW MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM
THE KID (Chaplin, 1921)
The second offering of this new series presents Chaplin's classic silent comedy THE KID, with my new piano score.
Atlas Silent Film Series
Washington, DC

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December 17
2:00 PM

NEW MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM
THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL (1928, Jean Renoir)
I provide a new piano score for this Jean Renoir silent classic on the Hans Christian Andersen tale.
National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium

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January 2017

January 14
1:30 PM

NEW MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM
Cine-Concert: Up in the Air
Silent Film Series: Jean Desmet's Dream Factory, 1906-16
National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium

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January 14
3:30 PM

NEW MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM
Cine-Concert: Ladies First
Silent Film Series: Jean Desmet's Dream Factory, 1906-16
National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium

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January 15
4:00 PM

NEW MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM
Cine-Concert: The Colorful World of Cinema
Silent Film Series: Jean Desmet's Dream Factory, 1906-16
National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium

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January 15
5:30 PM

NEW MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM
Cine-Concert: When the Earth Trembled
Silent Film Series: Jean Desmet's Dream Factory, 1906-16
National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium

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January 21
1:30 PM

NEW MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM
Cine-Concert: Perils of the Pictures
Silent Film Series: Jean Desmet's Dream Factory, 1906-16
National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium

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January 21
3:30 PM

NEW MUSIC FOR SILENT FILM
Cine-Concert: Cinema Fashionista
Silent Film Series: Jean Desmet's Dream Factory, 1906-16
National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium

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January 30
8:00 PM

In Recital: Music for Double Bass and Piano
Michael Cameron (Professor of Double Bass, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign), bass; Andrew E Simpson, piano
Program includes music by Zwilich, Martinu, Stacy Garrop,
and my own Applets
University of Maryland College Park, Leah M. Smith Hall

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February 1
7:00 PM

In Recital: Music for Double Bass and Piano
Michael Cameron (Professor of Double Bass, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign), bass; Andrew E Simpson, piano
Program includes music by Zwilich, Martinu, Stacy Garrop,
and my own Applets
George Mason University, Harris Theatre
Fairfax, VA

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February 10
7:30 PM

New Music for Silent Film
THE ROUND-UP (with Fatty Arbuckle, 1920)
Program includes music by Zwilich, Martinu, Stacy Garrop,
and my own Applets
Library of Congress Mt. Pony Theater
Culpeper, VA

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February 12
4:00 PM

New Music for Silent Film
Atlas Silent Film Series
Greta Garbo in FLESH AND THE DEVIL (Clarence Brown ,1926)
Atlas Performing Arts Center
Library of Congress Mt. Pony Theater
1333 H St NE Washington DC

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February 22
6:00 PM

New Music for Silent Film
Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
Silent Film Comedy Shorts:
WHEN KNIGHTS WERE COLD (starring Stan Laurel, 1923); Harry Langdon in THE FIRST 100 YEARS and THE HANSOM CABMAN; Charley Chase in TOO MANY MAMMAS
Library of Congress Mt. Pony Theater
NW Washington DC

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February 25
9:00 PM

Film-Cabaret: The Snark Ensemble
The Snark Ensemble returns to the scene with a revival of THE COMIC ROACH: A ROADHOUSE PICTURE SHOW at the Atlas INTERSECTIONS 2017 festival.
Atlas' Lab II Theater
Washington, DC

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February 26
7:00 PM

Film-Cabaret: The Snark Ensemble
The Snark Ensemble returns to the scene with a revival of THE COMIC ROACH: A ROADHOUSE PICTURE SHOW at the Atlas INTERSECTIONS 2017 festival.
Atlas' Lab II Theater
Washington, DC

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March 18
7:30 PM

New Music for Silent Film
GET YOUR MAN (dir. Dorothy Arzner, 1927)
The "It" girl Clara Bow stars in this romantic comedy: film restored by Library of Congress
Mt. Pony Theater
Culpeper, VA

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April 4
12:30 PM

Guest lecturer
University of Maryland College Park Composition Colloquium
College Park, MD

April 8
5:00 PM

Cantate Chamber Singers presents
"Seven Last Words and Seven First Hearings"
Cantate presents James MacMillan's powerful "Seven Last Words" and seven new pieces created by composers affilliated with Cantate.
St. Mark's Episcopal Church
301 A St. SE, Washington DC

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April 23
3:00 PM

Atlas Silent Film Series
WHY BE GOOD? (dir. William A. Seiter, 1929)
Colleen Moore, the essential flapper, stars in this Jazz-Age comedy as a good girl with a bad reputation. Final offering of the Atlas' first silent film series season! Free popcorn!
Atlas Performing Arts Center
Washington, DC

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April 26
7:00 PM

Evenings with Extraordinary Artists
I present a program of silent film with new musical accompaniment. Reception to follow.
Arts Club of Washington
2017 I St. NW, Washington, DC

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