Upcoming Musical Performances:
In June Annie Gill, soprano, and Andrew Stewart, piano will record Hollis Thoms' Two Limericks based on poems by Warren Benson, former composition teacher of Hollis at the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York. Dr. Benson wrote a book of limericks with musical themes.
In July 2019 The Composers Choir in New Haven, CT will do a reading recording of Hollis Thoms' new choral song cycle, Six Songs on Shakespeare, based on poems by Dr. Paul Edmondson, Head of Research and Knowledge and Director of Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Stratford, England.
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.
On Saturday, March 21, 2020, composers Ron Pearl, Garth Baxter, and Hollis Thoms will present a program of works for guitar and .....New works by Hollis Thoms based on love poetry of Dante, Petrarch, Sanders, and Pushkin by will be presented. Featured soloists for Hollius' works will be Jason Thoms, baritone; Joseph regan, tenor; and Sonja Thoms, oboe.
The Maryland Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Elizabeth Schulze is looking at possibly premiering my Resonance 2 for piano, timpani and string orchestra in an upcoming year.
Hollis has recently completed a Trilogy of operas based on classical texts: Trilogy 1, Chanticleer, based on Chaucer's "Nun's Priest's Tale" from the Canterbury Tales and 9 sonnets from Petrarch's Songbook, scored for vocal quartet, string quintet, guitar and harpsichord; Trilogy 2, Adam and Eve, based on John Milton's Paradise Lost, scored for vocal quartet, woodwind quintet, double bass and harp; Trilogy 3, Prodigal, based on William Shakespeare's aprocryphal play "The London Prodigal," scored for vocal quintet, guitar, marimba, piano, harp and double bass. These three works will become part of the permanent collection at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC. Also, these three works have to do with love and have been to commemorate Hollis and Jacqueline's 50th wedding anniversary in 2020.