Save the date! Mike’s newest work gets its World Premiere on March 29 and 30, 2008, Minneapolis.
Last May, Mike began a major choral work commissioned by the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus, a long-form piece that looks at the effects of crystal meth addiction on the GLBT community, their family, and friends.
Through A Glass, Darkly is a 45-minute oratorio for 3 soloists and choir and will premiere as the second half of the TCGMC’s Spring 2008 concert “Friends Are Benefits”. Two performances will be held at Ted Mann Concert Hall on the U of MN campus in Minneapolis: March 29, 2008 at 8pm and March 30, 2008 at 2pm. The following July, the chorus travels to Miami to perform “Darkly” for 160+ choruses at the GALA Choruses Festival 2008.
This is a really exciting and massive work, with both music and lyrics by Mike, telling the story of a boy hitting rock bottom and the effects his addiction has on those around him. “Darkly” will form the cornerstone of an unprecedented outreach partnership created by the chorus to educate youth about the dangers of the growing crystal meth epidemic.
The music is not like anything you’ve probably ever heard in the choral world, traversing a bunch of moody genres from classical to rock to swing to club beat. We cannot wait to hear 150 voices singing this. Mike just presented the finished work to the choir and their patrons this weekend. Clips of the demo tracks will be posted here soon.
Tickets are already on sale. Details can be found at the TCGMC website. Let us know if you’re traveling there next March. We can help recommend places to stay and how to get around Minneapolis. Hope to see you there!