"Eight Poems" (2012) based on poems by Emily Dickinson for mixed choir and piano four hands was premiered by Dr. Jason Thoms and the Concordia University Camerata on February 25, 2014. It is dedicated to Dr. Eleanor Heginbotham, a fellow Fulbrighter and noted Dickinson scholar. It begins with the coming March and spring. Emily Dickinson is one of my favorite poets and a few years ago my wife, Jacqueline, and I visited her home and gravesite in Amherst, Massachusetts. At her gravesite her admirers left a number of small objects as tokens of their love for her poetry. I have an early edition of her first book of poetry in my rare book collection.
Below is the opening movement of the 30-minute work "Dear March Come In"