The renowned Virginia Arts Festival has joined the commission for Dreams of the Fallen – my newest work for solo piano, chorus, and orchestra.

Located in the Norfolk/Williamsburg/Virginia Beach area, the Virginia Arts Festival has a rich history of bringing some of the world’s best musicians and ensembles to their yearly festival. Noted performers include Itzhak Perlman, Renée Fleming, JoAnn Falletta and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and the American Ballet Theatre. I am honored to welcome the Virginia Arts Festival as a commissioning organization for this important new musical work and know it will have special meaning as Norfolk, VA is home to the U.S. Navy’s Naval Station Norfolk – the largest naval station in the world.

Combining the musical forces of solo piano, chorus, and orchestra with powerful texts written by Iraq War veteran and award-winning poet Brian Turner, Dreams of the Fallen explores a soldier’s emotional response to the experience of war.