Opera: Sarah Kirkland-Snider / Penelope

On the enthusiastic instruction of my viola teacher, I checked in with the Psappha Ensemble’s video of the UK premiere of Penelope by Sarah Kirkland Snider (music) and Ellen McLaughlin (lyrics). My viola guru wanted me to see this piece to give me a clue about others like myself who are composing in crossover pop/classical forms. 


The Films of Kenneth Anger

Kenneth Anger died earlier this month at the fine old age of 96. Flipping the script on my usual soundtrack review concept of highlighting film composers, Anger was not a musician but a short film director who filmed his projects without live sound or dialogue, then completed them by adding in recorded music.