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I finished making the piano reduction of my song cycle Plain Truths a few days ago, finally being able to get to it after some other deadlines. It premiered in August at the Newburyport Chamber Music Festival, with bass/baritone Jeremy Galyon and the Festival String Quartet (Adela Peña, David Ehrlich, David Yang, Caroline Stinson). More information about the piece, its texts and authors—all connected to Newburyport—is here.

What a lovely experience it was. Jeremy’s voice is wonderful, all the players were outstanding, and there’s a fine, huge, bird sanctuary on the edge of Newburyport (i.e., the sanctuary is huge, not the birds). The community was very warm to us, and David Yang should be proud of the ten years the Festival’s been succeeding there.

More performances, with piano, are being discussed.

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