Upcoming performances of my musical compositions

(POSTPONED — new date TBA) April 27, Sunday, 1 PM.  The duet “Piano Pinnacle” performs my piece “Valse Montrealaise” as part of their “Fifteen Minutes of Fame” project through the Vox Novus Foundation.  At Jan Hus Presbyterian Church, 351 East 74th Street, New York City.  Donations accepted for charity.  (POSTPONED — new date TBA)

July 12, Saturday, 2 PM.  Concert with “Ensemble Aalto” (Br. Niels Nielsen, medieval oboe;  Marjory Lange, viola;  Christopher Wicks, pianist and composer) at Bethany Lutheran Church, 4330 NE 37th Ave., Portland, Oregon.  A theme of Danish music and Danish-inspired music.

August 10, Sunday, 3 PM.  Concert at the First Church of Christ, Scientist in Salem, Oregon, at 935 High Street SE.  Performance of my “Seven Songs on Poems of Mary Baker Eddy” with Christine Welch Elder, soprano, and other repertory TBA.  Free.

October 1, Wednesday, 7:30 PM.  Presentation of oratorio “I Know That God Is Good:  St Theresa of Lisieux,” with soprano Alison Seeber, violinist Marjory Lange, reader Ellen Yager, and Wicks at the organ.  Chapel of Queen of Angels Monastery (Benedictine Sisters) at 840 S. Main Street in Mount Angel, Oregon.

“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


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


Awakening and Praise Song


Duchess of Malfi Overture


“Missa Brevis”


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 Venichkin 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, 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, Sunday, 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.