I am deeply saddened by the passing of Steven Stucky, my dear friend, colleague, mentor. My Dolce Suono Ensemble musicians and I worked closely with him on his commissioned piece for “Mahler 100 / Schoenberg 60” and other projects. Steve gave us so much more than his musical genius and towering intellect – his generosity of spirit, humor, humility, and all-encompassing love for music. The things I learned from my discussions with Steve, about music and his beloved literature and poetry, are without number. Yet he wore his many laurels gracefully, always rolling up his sleeves to help the performers (like the time he saved the day helping us put together a stubborn vibraphone right before a concert!). I miss him already, and he will always be a beacon of light and inspiration for me and all the many people whose lives he touched.
Charles Abramovic, my duo pianist, and I did a residency at Cornell University this past March which included a recital, flute and piano masterclasses, respectively, and a presentation for the Cornell Composers Forum. We enjoyed meeting the compositions students and discussing new music for our instruments as well as performing selections from my CD “Odyssey: 11 American Premieres for Flute and Piano” (Innova Recordings) and from Dolce Suono Ensemble commissioned works.
Here is my performance of Syrinx from the Composers Forum.
Thank you to composition professors Steven Stucky for inviting us and Kevin Ernste for hosting us and making the recording.