Upcoming performances of my musical compositions

October 26, 2014:  Sunday, 2 PM.  Appearance by the Josephine Trio (Marjory Lange, violin;  Katherine Couch Parks, cello;  Christopher M. Wicks, piano) playing music by Haydn and Wicks as part of  the annual Founders’ Day Concert at the Queen of Angels Monastery (Benedictine Sisters) at 840 S. Main Street in Mt. Angel, Oregon.

November 2, 2014:  Sunday, 3 PM.  Concert with All Saints’ Day theme at Saint Edward’s Episcopal Church at 211 West Center Street in Silverton, Oregon.  A re-uniting of the Silverton Latin Ensemble (Cantatrices Latinae Silvertonis) to sing motets by Wicks.  Performances by instrumentalists Aage Nielsen (doucaine) and Katherine Couch Parks (cello).  Freewill offering.

November 23, 2014: Sunday, 1 PM.  The duo “Aurae” (soprano and flute, Mary Hubbell and Alice Jones) performs my one-minute piece “Time Regained” as part of a “Fifteen Minutes of Fame” project, with the theme of France’s “Belle Epoque,” through the Vox Novus Foundation.  At Jan Hus Presbyterian Church, 351 East 74th Street, New York City.  Donations accepted for charity.  See the Vox Novus website for further details.

November 26, 2014:  Wednesday, 7 PM.  Two movements from my cantata “God of the Harvest” (composed on a hymn by Rev. Gary D. Powell of Coburg, Ore.) will be sung by a choir drawn from five downtown churches of Boulder, Colorado, in the ecumenical Thanksgiving Eve service at Trinity Lutheran Church at 2200 Broadway.  Directed by Valerie Hess.

December 10, 2014Wednesday, 7:30 PM.  The duo “Aurae” presents a repeat performance of their “Belle Epoque” program, at Elebash Recital Hall at the Graduate Center at 365 Fifth Avenue in New York City.

December 13, 2014 (Saturday, 3 PM and 7 PM) and December 14 (Sunday, 3 PM):  concert by Willamette Master Chorus at Hudson Hall at Willamette University in Salem.  Will include Wicks’ arrangement of “‘Twas in the Moon of Wintertime,” aka the “Huron Carol.”  Tickets available at willamettemasterchorus.org

December 14, 2014:  Sunday, 3 PM.  Advent Organ Recital.  Chorale preludes on Nun freut euch, lieben Christen gmein, by J.S. Bach, Heinrich Scheidemann, J.P. Sweelinck, Franz Tunder, Dieterich Buxtehude and Mr. Wicks himself.  The Kimball pipe organ at Trinity Lutheran Church at 500 N. Second Street in Silverton, Oregon.  Freewill offering.

December 21, 2014:  Sunday, 3 PM.  Advent Organ Recital.  Same repertory as the week before.  The Martin Ott pipe organ at the Mount Angel Abbey Church, One Abbey Drive, St. Benedict, Oregon.  Fifth Annual Advent Recital at this venue.  Freewill offering.

January 18, 2015:  Sunday, 3 PM.  Concert of the Josephine Trio (Marjory Lange, violin;  Katherine Couch Parks, cello;  Christopher M. Wicks, piano).  Music by Haydn and Bridge, and the premiere of Wicks’ “Silver Falls Suite.”  Silverton Concert House, 405 N. Water Street.  Suggested donation $5 or $10.

February 21, 2015:  Saturday, 3:30 PM.  Faculty recital of Katherine Couch Parks, cellist, in recital hall at Western Oregon University in Monmouth.  Sonatas by Shostakovich, Debussy and Wicks, with Wicks at the piano.

March 22, 2015:  Sunday, 3 PM.  A concert with Wicks’ hourlong song cycle “The Three Teresas,” on poems by St. Teresa of Avila, St. Theresa of Lisieux and St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross.  Soprano Christine Welch Elder, trumpeter Brett Randolph, cellist Katherine Couch Parks and pianist Christopher M. Wicks.  St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church at 290 W. Gloucester St. in Gladstone, Ore.  Donations accepted.

“Now, Today, I Will Sing,” my CD

In Summer 2013, I created a CD of my compositions based on poems by the ancient Greek poetess Sappho, in collaboration with soprano Christine Welch Elder and flutist Sandy Duffy Norman, with the help of recording technician James Norman.  The songs address a wide variety of emotions:  erotic predicament, spiritual joy, family protectiveness, guarding innocence and losing innocence.  Named after the first line of the first song, “Now, Today, I Will Sing,” drawn from Mary Barnard’s translation of Sappho’s verse, our recording is now available at the online store CD Baby and at our concerts, as well as on Amazon and iTunes and such.  Christine, Sandy and I presented music from the CD in a concert at the Mount Angel Abbey Library Auditorium in May 2013, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Silverton in July 2013, at Hudson Hall at Willamette University in Salem in November 2013, and in Smith Recital Hall at Western Oregon University in Monmouth in February 2014.

Some Links to Hear Music of Mine

LISTEN AND LOOK

There are currently over two hundred fifty videos of my compositions and/or performances on my YouTube channel, but here are five favorites of mine, chamber, orchestral, choral, etc.:

Seven Songs on Poems by Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5prAHjC1Jhc

Awakening and Praise Song

Duchess of Malfi Overture

“Missa Brevis”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4sroy70X40

Festival March for Organ

Recent Performances of Note

 

April 22, 2012:  “Exchanges Cordial and Choleric,” for English horn and viola, played in series of chamber music concerts in the foyer of the State Theater in Darmstadt, Germany

February 3, 2013:  “Three Wordless Airs” for basset clarinet and string quartet, premiered by Dr. Marc Naylor, clarinetist at Acton Hill Church in London, England.

March 10, 2013:  Premiere of “Song for Saint Monica’s Day” for soprano and organ, on an original text.  Sung by Monica Szabo-Nyeste, mezzo-soprano in a concert at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Baltimore, Maryland.

April 14, 2013:  Premiere of “Haiku” for clarinet and doublebass, played at Jan Hus Presbyterian Church in New York City as part of a “Fifteen Minutes of Fame” project, sponsored by “Vox Novus” foundation.  Performers Pascual Martinez-Forteza and Satoshi Okamoto.

May 12, 2013, 1 PM:  Jacqueline Martelle, flutist, premieres my one-minute piece “A Mother’s Blessing” as part of the “Fifteen Minutes of Fame” project of the Vox Novus Foundation, at Jan Hus Presbyterian Church in New York City.  Admission by donation;  a charitable benefit.

May 22, 2013;  concert by soprano Georgeta Stoleriu and pianist Violetta Stefanescu at Athenaeum in Bucharest, Romania, with Wicks’ setting of lines from the poem “Bientot” by Eugene van Itterbeek, as part of a “Fifteen Minutes of Fame” project through the Vox Novus foundation

July 22, 2013:  premiere of solo cello piece “A Vindication of the Sin of Wrath,” played by Maksim Velichkin at Los Angeles Public Library, as part of a “Fifteen Minutes of Fame” project by Vox Novus Foundation.

July 31, 2013:  the piano trio “Threeplay” (Tyler Neist, violin;  Dale Tolliver, cello;  Michael Barnes, pianist) presented the premiere of my trio “Silver Falls Suite,” at the Old Church in downtown Portland, Oregon.  Also on the program were trios by Beethoven and Brahms.

Carson Cooman, a Bostonian composer and organist, played several organ pieces of mine (brief fugues, some with preludes) in various recitals and church services in the Summer and Fall of 2013, at King’s Chapel, at the Unitarian Church on Nantucket, and at the Memorial Church of Harvard University.  Carson’s website is www.carsoncooman.com

September 15, 2013:  premiere of one-minute composition “Titania Invites a Song,” as part of a “Fifteen Minutes of Fame” project of the Vox Novus Foundation, by mezzo Katherine Crawford and flutist Rebecca Ashe, at Jan Hus Presbyterian Church in New York City.

October 1, 2013: complete performance of my oratorio “I Know that God Is Good:  Saint Theresa of Lisieux,” based on the writings of that saint.  Alison Seeber, soprano;  Ellen Yager, reader;  Brett Randolph, trumpet and myself at the organ.  At the Chapel of the Holy Names at Mary’s Woods at Marylhurst;  17400 Holy Names Drive, Lake Oswego, Oregon, 97034.

November 5, 8, 9 and 10, 2013:  performance by the Crane Harp Ensemble of a “Fifteen Minutes of Fame” project including Wicks’ composition “A Thick Tapestry,” at a variety of venues in New York State:  Brighton Town Hall in Rochester, the State University at Potsdam, and churches in Albany and in New York City.

February 28, 2014, 8 PM.  Clarinetist Javier Perez Garrido premiered my “Disquietudes of a Jealous Mind,” as part of his “Fifteen Minutes of Fame” project through the Vox Novus Foundation, at the Auditorio CAM de Alicante in Alicante, Spain.

March 30, 2014, 1 PM.  Shannon Roberts, soprano and Yumi Suehiro, pianist perform my one-minute song Die Weihe der Nacht (“Night’s Enchantment”) as part of their “Fifteen Minutes of Fame” through the Vox Novus foundation, in a concert at Jan Hus Presbyterian Church at 351 E. 74th St. in New York City.  A repeat performance, the next week (April 6, 3 PM) at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, also in NYC, at 521 W. 126th Street.  Donations of food and toiletries accepted for the homeless.

May 4, 2014, 2 PM.  Cellist Maksim Velichkin played my piece “Homage to BACH” as part of a ‘Fifteen Minutes of Fame’ project in honor of JSB, through the Vox Novus Foundation.  Brand Library at 1601 W Mountain St. in Glendale, Calif.  Subsequent encore performances took place in the months following at other public libraries in the Los Angeles area, and at the “MiMoDa” Studio in that same city.