Monday, November 20, 2017 1:24 PM
I just completed a commission for a new art song for the Phildelphia-based ensemble illumine. The work is based on the poem "The House With Nobody In It" by Joyce Kilmer and is for mezzo-soprano, violin and piano. Kilmer was a poet who was a former resident of Mahwah, New Jersey, which is the same town where I currently , and my son attends the elementary school named in his honor. Kilmer, who was most famous for his poem "Trees," was killed in France during World War I. The work will be presented by the esnemble sometime in the Spring of 2018 in Phildaelplivehia. The ensemble is David Matthew Brown - violin, his mother Jodie Levine Brown - piano and his wife Kaitlyn Michelle Waterson - mezzo-soprano.