Four songs for Mezzo-Soprano and Piano. Original texts by Gene Scheer, inspired by iconic objects in the Smithsonian with a particular connection to a former First Lady of the United States. Commissioned by Vocal Arts DC to celebrate its 25th Anniversary Season with generous support from the Shamos Family Foundation, Yolanda C Oertel, MD, and [more]
For mezzo-soprano, cello and piano; also for mezzo-soprano, cello and orchestra (duration approximately 18 minutes). Three symphonic songs based on poetry by the late Laura Morefield (1961-2011), commissioned for mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton and cellist Anne Martindale Williams by Carnegie Hall and the Pittsburgh Symphony. First performance: Feb 17, 2015 by Jamie Barton, Anne Martindale Williams [more]
For Soprano and piano. Poetry by Lucy Miller Murray. First Performance: Sept 8, 2014 at Opera America, New York City, by soprano Regina Zona and pianist Kathleen Tagg.
Songs for Soprano and Piano. Poetry by Emily Dickinson. Commissioned by the Ravinia Festival in celebration of Dame Kiri Te Kanawa’s 70th Birthday. First performance: Aug 12, 2014 at the Miller Theater, Ravinia Festival, Highland Park, IL, with soprano Kiri Te Kanawa and pianist Jake Heggie. 1. Silence 2. I’m Nobody! Who are You? 3. [more]
Out of Darkness: Two Remain (2016) is an opera in two acts with libretto by Gene Scheer, based in part on the true stories of two Holocaust survivors: the Polish dissident Krystyna Zywulska (1914-1993) and the gay German Jew, Gad Beck (1923-2012). Source material for the libretto includes documents and journals in the US Holocaust [more]
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Text by Pamela Stewart. Final movement of TYLER’S SUITE featuring compositions by Nolan Gasser, Stephen Schwartz, Ann Hampton Callaway, John Corigliano, John Bucchino, Lance Horne. Commissioned and premiered by the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus at Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, March 25, 2014. Available singly on iTunes. Jake has contributed one or more compositions [more]
Jake has contributed one or more compositions to this collaborative work.
Companion books to the CD of the same name plus bonus material, featuring songs and arias for soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor and baritone. Book 1 Soprano and Mezzo-Soprano. Book 2 Tenor and Baritone. HERE/AFTER Song Collections (2013) Book One: Soprano / Mezzo-Soprano Rise and Fall (2007) 1. Water Stone (Noguchi) 2. Incantation Bowl 3. Angels’ Wings [more]
Collections are published Songbooks or books of compositions. The songs and arias are often found individually in Recordings as well as Compositions. One or more recordings have been made. Sheet Music, Scores, Parts and Performance Materials are available from billholabmusic.com.
Libretto by Gene Scheer. For baritone, men’s chorus, actor, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and percussion. Originally commissioned by Music of Remembrance, this second incarnation was commissioned by the Seattle Men’s Chorus and The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus. First performance: April 2, 2011 at McCaw Hall, Seattle, with baritone Morgan Smith, actor David Pichette, Seattle [more]
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For Tenor or Baritone and Piano. Poetry by Vachel Lindsay 1. By The Spring, At Sunset 2. Under the Blessing of Your Psyche Wings First performance of By The Spring: Aug 12, 2013 at Bennett Gordon Hall and commissioned by Ravinia Festival to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute. First performance of [more]
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Poetry by Galway Kinnell; for soprano, cello and piano; composed for soprano Lisa Delan and premiered May 19, 2013 at the Noe Valley Chamber Music 20th Anniversary Gala concert, St Mark’s Church, San Francisco. 1. You Scream 2. In A Restaurant 3. My Father’s Eyes 4. Back You Go One or more recordings have been [more]
One or more recordings have been made. Sheet Music, Scores, Parts and Performance Materials are available from billholabmusic.com.