I’m off tomorrow to spend nineteen hours in Chicago. The Ravinia Festival has commissioned Venetia Stifler to choreograph my The Better Angels of Our Nature – performances tomorrow and Friday at Bennett Gordon Hall. The Lincoln Trio will play the music for what must be the 1000th time this year, and Welz Kauffman will speak the words of our sixteenth president. I’ll be there for the first performance – and my first time hearing the piece, by the way.
So if your prevailings are blowing in that direction, come say hello.
And in the fiction-becomes-fact department, a number of publications, including the Chicago Tribune, have referred to me as an “Indiana composer.” Honestly, folks, I’ve visited the Hoosier state a few times, but I don’t think I’ve ever been there for more than three days at a time.
I suppose, though, if they print it in a newspaper, it must be true. Maybe I need to start studying up on some of those old Wabash songs.