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Saturday, March 28, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.
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Sunday, March 29, 2009, at 3:30 p.m.
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St. Philip Presbyterian Church
4807 San Felipe St.
Houston, Texas 77056

2009 marks the 250th anniversary of Handel’s death. In tribute, the Houston Chamber Choir, soloists and period instrumentalists present “Esther,” Handel’s first English oratorio. Tuneful and heroic, “Esther’s” immediate success signaled a new direction in Handel’s career that eventually led to his masterpiece, Messiah.

As well as singing in the choir, I will be singing a bit role in this: one of the Isrealites in one of the scenes.


The Houston Chamber Choir
Hear the Future — 11th Annual Invitational School Choral Festival

Sunday, January 25, 2009 at 4:00 p.m.
FREE Concert

South Main Baptist Church (directions)
4100 Main Street
Houston, Texas 77002

Co-sponsored by AMC Music, Hear the Future pays tribute to the essential work done by outstanding choral music educators in our region and their excellent choirs. Enjoy this afternoon of music and show your support of arts education in our schools. You will come away convinced that the future has never sounded brighter.

Gian Carlo Menotti’s
A holiday story about a young boy’s encounter
with the Three Kings

Sunday January 4 at 3:00 pm and 6:30 pm,
Monday January 5 at 6:30 pm
Tuesday January 6 at 6:30 pm

Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church
6221 Main Street

Tickets are $5 children (12-) and seniors (55+)
$10 adults. Available at the door or in advance
by calling 713-328-0778.

For directions, click here.

Palmer Church is located across from Rice University and adjacent to the Texas Medical Center. Park in lots off of Fannin and Main Streets and along Main Street. Childcare available for children 5 and under in the church nursery.
For more information, call 713-328-0778.

Wikipedia article chock full of information about the opera
Amahl on YouTube

Birth of Jesus. Detail from the side facing the apse of the so-called “
Sarcofago di Stilicone” (”Stilicho’s sarcophagus”), an Ancient Roman christian sarcophagus dating from the 4th century. It is preserved beneath the pulpit of Sant’Ambrogio basilica in Milan, Italy. Picture by Giovanni Dall’Orto, April 25 2007.

Oh my!  An update!

Save for some shingles and all from Mother’s roof in Indiana (yes, Indiana), my family got through Hurricane Ike unscathed, thanks be to God.  That and a bunch of other things have prevented my posting here since Willy Wonka-knows-when.  My new Dell Inspiron 530 (Apple still too expensive) is doing quite well, and we shall see how things with fare in 2009.

Has my life gone as I had originally planned?  Not quite.  But could my life had gone far worse than it has?  Yes.   Has it gone that worse?  Definitely not.  Am I thankful?  You bet I am.  Do I feel for those who have not been so lucky as I?  If I don’t, there is with me something very, very wrong.

Continue reading ‘Christmas MMVIII’

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Portus 2008 banner

Next week will be busy, though it will also be a really nice respite from the daily grind.  Portus 2008 is a Harry Potter symposium (replete with papers, panels, presenters, parties, pageantry, pomp, etc.) that will be held at the Hilton Anatole hotel in Dallas, Texas from 10-13 July.  It’s being put on by the same people who put together Lumos in 2006 and other Harry Potter-related conventions and events.

The day before Portus, 9 July, and at the same venue will be held SnapeFest that will deal exclusively with all-things Severus Snape (character from the Harry Potter universe).  It, too, will have papers, presenters, a video presentation, etc.  It is being put on by Snapecast LLC which brought to the world the Snapecast podcast, in which I have had an ancillary role.

In addition to these two events, I will see family and, hopefully, a few friends.  :-)

But this is by no means the biggest thing going on in my summer.  More on that to come.  :-)


I am quite happy to not only toot my own horn about my own music, but to also let everyone know of good music written by another. Jeremiah Joseph is a composition major at Houston Baptist University, and if this excerpt is any indication of the quality of the whole, then his new monodrama Alyce is very cool indeed.

This recording is sung by Ashley Brooks who has the following to say:

Recently, Jeremiah Joseph asked me if I would be available to sing excerpts from his monodrama, “Alyce” for a composers forum at HBU. I was so thrilled to do it, since I have known Jeremy for a long time and am so proud of the work that he is doing.

I had an extraordinary experience singing these pieces and can not wait to perform the monodrama in its entirety sometime in the near future. You can find the recordings of that performance at

The piece is scored for voice, piano, flute and double bass- here we are without a bass, but it worked out just fine. The first excerpt is “Such a Pretty Picture” which is followed by “What a Night”. Ben Sieben plays piano and Nathan Hailey plays flute. Please listen and enjoy. If you like it, share it!!! Thanks!

I have to agree, Ashley, great stuff!




A little late this is, but liturgically still just fine. Happy Easter, everyone (including my Orthodox friends who will celebrate it about a month from now)!


YouTube is a gift from God.

Always on the news and elsewhere, we only get the famous last two minutes or so of this most-famous oratory of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. But seeing the entire thing (yes, from the moment the gathering’s MC introduces King) for the first time gives me a new appreciation of how stunning this speech really is.

Music coming across by way of the simple spoken word - Amazing!



Игорь Фёдорович Стравинский (Igor Fjodorovič Stravinsky)

As a part of this season of Da Camera of Houston, the Houston Chamber Choir will perform Свадебка (Les Noces) by Igor Stravinsky under the direction of noted conductor Reinbert de Leeuw. In an interesting twist, this performance is coming the week before Holy Week. Actual ballet will not be a part of this performance, though don’t let that stop you from coming. Even as a concert piece, Les Noces is very powerful, indeed.

Friday, March 14, 2008 at 8:00 PM
Part of Da Camera of Houston’s Exiles in Paris: Part 2
Wortham Center Cullen Theatre
501 Texas Ave.
Houston, Texas 77002
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an interesting article on Les Noces.