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Blue Griffin Recording just released a CD with my piece The Devil's Dermish, from trombonist Ava Ordman and pianist Derek Kealii Polischuk, titled "It's About Time." The playing is exquisite, and I have to say that I am proud (and flattered) to be included on a CD with so many other fine works!

This concert season is all about my new opera, RUFUS AND RITA. Reimagining Opera for Kids (ROK) premiered it, wonderfully, on September 9 in Bloomington, IN, and the show is now taking off! It is currently scheduled for sixteen more performances in area schools and community centers, with more performances to follow in the spring, including a tour to Missouri.

Thanks to an innovative idea by ROK Director Kim Carballo, the show involves several improvised elements, including a recitative, almost all of the dialogue, and a flexible libretto. What? Yes, a flexible libretto: the audience gets to vote on what happens next at several points in the show.

I recently returned from an exciting week conducting the Spivey Hall Honors Chamber Orchestra. On the concert was my song cycle, Five Songs on Poems of Robert Herrick, sung beutifully by soprano Christina Howell. Also on the concert were works by Albinoni/Giazotto, Orff, and Balmages.

Recent publications: Song of the Phoenix, for solo violin, Pas de Deux, for violin and cello, Spring Song, for flute and piano, and Blue Monkey, for flute and clarinet (and three other instrumentations!) from The Theodore Presser Company, and Raindrop Serenade, for string orchestra, from The FJH Music Company.