My new work for cello and piano, Letter from a Young Poet, will be premiered on May 3 on the Tobenski-Algera Concert Series by cellist David Russell and pianist Stephen Olsen. Also on the program will be works by Darien Shulman, Jeff Algera, Eric Taxier, Scott Ordway, Clint Borzoni, and Paula Kimper.
Letter from a Young Poet was inspired by the correspondence of Paul Bowles – particularly those letters he penned to the influential artists, writers, and composers who aided him in his artistic growth. Specifically, this short Rondo is inspired by a letter Bowles wrote to Gertrude Stein from Tangier in 1931. I intend to add two more letters (“To Edouard Roditi” and “To Aaron Copland”) to create a short suite.