Recent and Upcoming Musical Compositions and Performances:
Fall Dancing (2018) for harp and double bass was premiered at the upcoming Baltimore Composers Forum Concert on November 17, 2018, 7:30pm at Corner Community Center, 5802 Roland Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21210. Jacqueline Pollauf, harpist, and Laura Ruas, double bass.
Child in a Manger for oboe, mixed choir and organ will be performed on Sunday, December 23, 2018 at Evangelical Lutheran Church, Frederick, Maryland. Sonja (Thoms) Winkler, oboe and the choir is under the direction of Brenda Weiser. The work is based on a poem by Madeleine L'Engle and a traditional Christmas text.
An article "Henry David Thoreau's Transcendental Symphonies" by Hollis Thoms will be published in the Winter/Composer Issue of PAN PIPES Journal
Everyman Revisited text and music by Hollis Thoms for dramatic speakers, mixed choir, handbells and organ scheduled to be premiered in the spring at Concordia College-New York.
Adam and Eve (2018), an opera for vocal quartet, woodwind quintet, double bass and harp to be premiered by the Bach Concert Series, tentatively on November 3, 2019. More later.
NEW NEXT YEAR: March 17, 2019!!!
Music, Gettysburg! will present songs by Composers Garth Baxter and Hollis Thoms during their 2018-2019 concert series. 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.