Upcoming performances of my musical compositions

May 9, 2015:  Saturday, 5 PM.  A bassoon recital by Devon Yasamune Toyotomi will feature a “Fifteen Minutes of Fame” presentation, through the Vox Novus Foundation, which will include Wicks’ one-minute composition First Sight of Bathsheba.  Presbyterian Church of Upper Montclair, 53 Norwood Av. in Upper Montclair, New Jersey.  Donations accepted for charity

May 21, 2015:  Thursday, 7 PM.  A repeat performance of Devon Yasamune Toyotomi’s bassoon recital from May 9 (see above), including a work by Wicks.  At the Norwegian Seamen’s Church, 31 E. 52nd St., New York City.  Donations accepted for charity.

August 9, 2015:  Sunday, 3 PM.  Trio Polychorda (Stephanie Barth, violin;  Katherine Couch Parks, cello;  Christopher M. Wicks, pianist) gives a concert of music by Wicks, including the “Piano Trio No. 4,” “Three Sets of Variations on French Themes” and a cello sonata.  At the First Church of Christ, Scientist in Salem, Oregon;  935 High Street SE.  Freewill offering.

August 22, 2015:  Saturday, 2:30 PM.  Cellist Mirel Iancovici to present his “Fifteen Minutes of Fame” (A Moment of Silence, but not Soundlessness) to include the premiere of Wicks’ piece “God Calls, We Answer.”  Het Blowerck, Zutphen, the Netherlands.

September 26, 2015:  Saturday, 8:30 PM.  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 German Evangelical Church in Athens, Greece.

October 25, 2015:  Sunday, 3 PM.   Concert of the “Josephine Trio”:  Marjory Lange, violin and viola;  Katherine Couch Parks, cello and Christopher M. Wicks, pianist, with music by Clara Schumann (Trio, op. 18), Wicks (Viola Sonata No. 3) and others.  Free.  At the Recital Hall in Smith Music Building at Western Oregon University in Monmouth.

December 13, 2015:  Sunday, 3 PM.  A recital of Wicks’ organ compositions for the season of Advent, to include wholly original music, as well as pieces based on chorales and Gregorian chant.  Trinity Lutheran Church at 500 N. Second St. in Silverton, Oregon.  Donations accepted.

December 20, 2015:  Sunday, 3 PM.  A repeat performance of the Advent organ recital, to take place at the Mount Angel Abbey Church at One Abbey Drive, St. Benedict, Oregon.  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.  Selections from the CD were featured on Gary Hickling’s program “Singing and Other Sins” on Hawaii Public Radio on the evening of November 23, 2014.

Some Links to Hear Music of Mine


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

Five Songs of the Sea


String Quartet No. 6:  Adoro te devote

Duchess of Malfi Overture

Missa Brevis


Organ Mass No. 1


Recent Performances of Note

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:  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.  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 13 and December 14, 2014.  Concerts by Willamette Master Chorus at Hudson Hall at Willamette University in Salem, included Wicks’ arrangement of “‘Twas in the Moon of Wintertime,” aka the “Huron Carol.”

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.