January 11, 2018
This past fall I have been working on a whole lot of traditional solo repertoire. Eventually, that coalesced around a recital program which I am eager to perform and present throughout 2018 and 2019: "Choosing Joy". Through this recital, I will be telling the story of my wife's battle with breast cancer in 2016 and 2017, the very real and raw struggle we had together, and the life and artistic lessons I learned as a result of that time. The program features works by my friend, Garrett Hope, as well as Johannes Brahms, Samuel Barber, Amy Beach, and culminates in Beethoven's Eroica Variations, Op. 35.
I'm thrilled to perform this program at the Maumee First Presbyterian Church (200 E Broadway St) the evening of Saturday, February 3rd (follow the link for all the information on Facebook!). All proceeds from this recital will be shared between the church's great music programs, and The Victory Center, a support system in Toledo for cancer patients and their families. I look forward to sharing videos from this recital afterward, and hope to perform it often to the benefit of local cancer support organizations.