Hollis Thoms, Composer
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Upcoming Musical Performances:

An article "Henry David Thoreau's Transcendental Symphonies" by Hollis Thoms will be published in the Winter/Composer Issue of PAN PIPES Journal

​On Sunday, November 3, 2019 Adam and Eve (2018), an opera for vocal quartet, woodwind quintet, double bass and harp will be premiered by the Bach Concert Series under the direction of T. Herbert Dimmock. The premiered piece will be paired with Bach's Cantata 165, which focuses on baptism and the Adam and Eve story. Performing in both works will be: Jason Thoms, Adam; Sarah Bleasdale, Eve; Satan/Serpent, Kristopher Jean and Maria Sheehan. The Sunderman Woodwind Quintet will be joined by Jacqueline Polauf, harp, and Laura Ruas, double bass. The performance is scheduled to be at Christ Lutheran Church Inner Harbor, Baltimore. More later. 


Music, Gettysburg! will present songs by Composers Garth Baxter and Hollis Thoms during their 2018-2019 concert series. The concert will be on March 17, 2019, 4pm at the Seminary Ridge Chapel, Gettysburg. 

Among my songs to be presented are:

Two Limericks (2017) for soprano by Warren Benson (by my former composition teacher at Eastman School of Music).

Three African American Songs:

"within music there is silence within love there is loneliness" (2016) for tenor and piano is based on three love poems by E. Ethelbert Miller and was premiered by the Baltimore Composers Forum, November 19, 2016.

"Sweetness of Youth" (2017) for baritone and piano is based on the short play "The Janitor" (1985) by August Wilson and can be sung as a song or as an "opera within a song". The Wilson work is a very short monologue by Sam, a janitor, who while cleaning up a hall that will be the site for a youth conference, speaks to an imaginary youth audience about the "sweetness of youth." 

"...I am not your slave" (2017) for tenor, baritone and piano is based on a letter sent by Frederick Douglass to his former slave owner.

Performing Garth Baxter and my vocal music on the March 17, 2019 Music, Gettysburg Concert will be Andrew Stewart, piano;  Annie Gill, soprano; Joseph Regan, tenor; and Jason Thoms, baritone.