Upcoming musical performances

July 5, 2019:  Friday, 7 PM.  A complete program of string quartets composed by Wicks, for First Friday Music at Silverton United Methodist Church, 203 W. Main Street.  Featuring the playing of the “Indomitable String Quartet”:  violinists Stephanie Barth and Michelle Reed, violist Juana Lopez-Duran, and cellist Tommy Leinonen.  Donations appreciated.

August 18, 2019, Sunday, 3 PM.  Wicks’ thirteenth annual concert at the Christian Science Church at 935 High Street SE in Salem.  Works by Bach, Beethoven, and Mr. Wicks himself, with cooperation from soprano Aimee Larsen Amend, mezzo Ellen Gordon Yager, violinist Dolores D’Aigle, and cellist Katherine Parks.  Donations accepted.

September 6, 2019:  Friday, 7 PM.  First Friday Music at Silverton United Methodist Church.  Repeat performance of the repertory from the August 18 concert in Salem (Bach, Beethoven, Wicks), with mostly the same performers (Ellen Yager, Aimee Amend, Katherine Parks, Christopher Wicks) but with Marjory Lange as violinist.  203 W. Main Street.  Donations appreciated.

October 4, 2019:  Friday, 7 PM.  Presentation of “I Know that God Is Good:  St. Theresa of Lisieux,” a chamber oratorio about a nineteenth-century French Carmelite and her devotion to God.  Music composed by Wicks, who will play the organ, together with a soprano, a trumpeter, and reader Ellen Yager.  Silverton United Methodist Church, 203 W. Main St.  Donations appreciated.

November 1, 2019:  Friday, 7 PM.  Mitch Iimori, oboist and eminent musical personality from Portland, plays for First Friday Music at Silverton United Methodist Church, 203 W. Main St.  Wicks will accompany him at the piano, and the program will include the premiere of Wicks’ new oboe sonata.  Donations appreciated.

December 8, 2019:  Sunday, 3 PM.  Tenth Annual Advent Organ Recital at the Mount Angel Abbey Church, One Abbey Drive, St. Benedict, Oregon.  Music by Bach, de Grigny, Titelouze, and Mr. Wicks himself, together with alto Ellen Gordon Yager.  Emphasis on music in honor of Mary, the mother of Jesus.  Donations appreciated.

My one-act play “Death Comes for Her Majesty”

From May 7 to 9, 2018, I wrote a one-act play considering the final days of the life of Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603) of England.  In my play, Elizabeth interacts with seven visitors, increasingly mysterious, contemplating the meaning of her choices and of her future in the next world.  My play was premiered at 2 PM on Sunday, March 24, 2019 at the Mount Angel Abbey Library Auditorium in Saint Benedict, Oregon, with Elizabeth Keyser as Queen Elizabeth; myself as a Flatterer, Aage Nielsen as an Advisor, Steven Slemenda as the “Bon Vivant;” Efrain Diaz-Horna as the Prince; Carrie Caster as the Ghost of Mary, Queen of Scots; Benjamin Seeber as Elizabeth’s Unborn Child; and Fr. Teresio Caldwell, OSB as the Angel of Death.  Poppy Shell served as technical and costume consultant.  To round out the presentation, we heard music from Elizabeth’s era played on historic instruments, by Aage Nielsen and Marjory Lange.  The date of the performance was the 416th anniversary of Elizabeth’s passing.  Copies of the play, perfect-bound paperbacks, are available for $10, plus $2 for domestic postage.  Write to me at 101 Jade Hills Dr., Silverton, Oregon, 97381.

Some Links to Hear Music of Mine

“COMPOSER CONVERSATIONS”:

On May 15, 2018, I was the subject of a two-hour radio show on the station WRUU, “Savannah Soundings,” through the Unitarian congregation in Savannah, Georgia.  The host, Dave Lake, played recordings of three instrumental chamber pieces of mine, as well as my new opera “Love Is Strong as Death,” and about forty minutes of telephone interview with me.  Here’s the link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=askexj7C7-Y

LISTEN AND LOOK

There are currently about one hundred videos of my compositions and/or performances on my YouTube channel.  Here are some highlights:

“Love Is Strong As Death” (opera — 2017)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qx-w4Um0Dks

Three Verses of “O Morning Star,” as played by me at the Mt. Angel Abbey.

This piece is available through Concordia Publishing House in St. Louis, Missouri.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oj0AyoHaqjY

“Suite for Easter,” played by me in St. Anne’s Chapel at Marylhurst University in an organ recital of April 2016:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_EFQ1WzuMM

 

Some Performances of Note, 2014 to Present

February 28, 2014.  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.  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.  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.

December 10, 2014. The duo “Aurae” (soprano and flute, Mary Hubbell and Alice Jones) performed 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 Elebash Recital Hall at the Graduate Center at 365 Fifth Avenue in New York City.

December 14, 2014.  “Fifteen Minutes of Fame” project through the Vox Novus foundation, included Wicks’ one-minute piece The Rite of Winter, with Diego Vasquez, clarinet and Andrea Skurr, dancer.  At Jan Hus Presbyterian Church at 351 E 74th St. in New York City.

February 8, 2015.  For I Am Persuaded, for solo baritone with handchime, performed by baritone Andrew White at Jan Hus Presbyterian Church in New York City.  Part of a “Fifteen Minutes of Fame’ project of the Vox Novus Foundation.

February 22, 2015.  Lamento pelo morte do Allen Forte, improvisatory piece for guitarist Rodrigo Baggio, premiered at Jan Hus Presbyterian Church in New York City. Part of a “Fifteen Minutes of Fame’ project of the Vox Novus Foundation.

March 8, 2015.  April Is the Sweetest Month, Taiwanese-inspired piece for violinist Tzu-En Lee, to premiered at Jan Hus Church in New York City.  Part of a “Fifteen Minutes of Fame’ project of the Vox Novus Foundation.

October 11, 2015.  Performance of Wicks’ song cycle “Carmelite Songs:  the Three Teresas,”  setting poetry by St. Teresa of Avila, St. Theresa of Lisieux and St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross.  With sopranos Janeanne Rockwell-Kincanon, Alison Seeber and Aimee Larsen, and Trio Polychorda (Stephanie Barth, violin;  Katherine Couch Parks, cello and Christopher Wicks, pianist).  At Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, West Linn, Ore.

October 18, 2015.  Flutist Iwona Glinka presents a concert including an encore of the “Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame” selections originally presented by Jacqueline Martelle in New York City, including Christopher M. Wicks’ one-minute piece “A Mother’s Blessing.”  At the Nikolaos Mantzanos Conservatory in Athens, Greece.

November 1, 2015.  Recital of organist David Bohn, to include a “Fifteen Minutes of Fame” project through the Vox Novus Foundation, including Wicks’ one-minute composition “Birds of the Air, Bless the Lord.”  St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 1927 North Fourth Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

December 4, 2015.  Cellist Mirel Iancovici presents his concert “A moment of silence (but not soundlessness),” including Wicks’ one- minute composition “God Calls, We Answer.”  Conservatorium, Willem Hijstekzaal Maastricht, the Netherlands, Bonnefantenstraat 15.

March 17, 2016.  The duo “Piano Pinnacle” performs a “Fifteen Minutes of Fame” cycle, including Wicks’ piece “Valse montrealaise.”  At the Firehouse Space, Brooklyn, NY.

August 13, 2016:  Recital by Emily Potter, flutist with Wicks at the piano:  compositions by Wicks and others, such as Ian Clarke, David Heath and Edward McGuire.  Potter is currently a graduate flute student at the Guildhall School in London, England.  At the Mt. Angel Abbey Library Auditorium in Oregon.

November 5, 2016.  Faculty Recital of Bethany Evans, harpist,  included premiere of Variations on an Original Theme by Wicks, as well as music by Glinka, Salzedo and others.  At Smith Recital Hall at the Department of Music of Western Oregon University in Monmouth.

February 26, 2017Violist Cornelia Petroiu presented her program of new music PUZZLE-GARDE, including the premiere of Christopher Wicks’ piece The Puzzle and the Key, composed especially for this event.  At Studio Hall at George Enescu Philharmony, in Bucharest, Romania.

June 4, 2017.  Concert of “Ensemble for These Times” included performance of “If Still Your Orchards Bear,” a movement from “Three Elegiac Songs” by Wicks for soprano, cello and piano, on poems by Edna Millay.  The concert also featured two songs by Wicks on poems by Christina Rossetti:  “A Song for All Maries” and “Love Is Strong As Death.”   Old First Church, San Francisco, California.

July 8, 2017.   Graduate degree recital of Emily Potter, flutist and student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England.  Performance at St. Martin’s Parish Church in Epsom, including “Four Miniatures” and “Sonata for Flute and Piano” by Wicks.

November 4, 2017.  Concert of the Southern Oregon Chapter of NACUSA (National Association of Composers of the USA) included the “Bassoon Sonatina” by Christopher Wicks, played by Bruce Shay, and works by several other Oregonian composers.  At the United Congregational Church of Christ in Ashland, Ore.

February 3 and 10, 2018.  Premiere run of Wicks’ one-act opera “Love Is Strong As Death,” on an original libretto, for three singers and piano, at the Mount Angel Abbey Library Auditorium in St. Benedict, Oregon.  Alison Seeber as the Angel;  Aimee Amend as Iseult;  Bennett Bailey as Tristam;  Debra Huddleston, pianist.  Preceded by the playing of two of Wicks’ violin sonatas, by violinist Stephanie Barth.  To be seen and heard on the YouTube channel of videographer James Norman.

March 25, 2018.  A concert in memory of Claude Debussy, sponsored by Cascadia Composers of Portland as part of “March Music Moderne,” included the premiere of two movements of Wicks’ “A Sea Sonata,” played by pianist Stephen Lewis.  At the Community Music Center in southeast Portland, Oregon.

June 3, 2018.  Wicks’ choral motet “The Sowing of Peace,” composed in honor of the music ministry of Nancy LeRoi Nickel, was sung in a Vespers service at St. James Lutheran Church in Portland, Ore.  The service also included a complete performance of Bach’s Cantata 29, “Wir danken dir, Gott.”

August 19, 2018.  “Music for a Summer Afternoon.”  Concert at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in West Linn, Oregon, with Caius Oprea, violinist;  Katherine Parks, cellist;  and Wicks at the piano, playing music by Mozart, Brahms, and Wicks himself.

April 12, 2019:   Premiere of Wicks’ piece “Four Seasonal Haiku,” for viola and cello, inspired by four original poems.  On the faculty duo recital “American Haiku” with violist Nina Bledsoe and cellist Daniel Saenz, at the Recital Hall of the Gaertner Performing Arts Center at the Contemporary Music Festival at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.  On the program, Bledsoe and Saenz also played music by Shawn Head, Brian Herrington, Stephen Yip, and Brett Banducci.

April 12, 2019The Region VI conference of the Society of Composers, Inc., at the Commerce campus of Texas A&M University, included the premiere of Wicks’ “Three Songs on Poems of Willa Cather,” with baritone Andrew White, to whom the song cycle is dedicated.  Libby Vanatta accompanied at the piano.