The Empyrean Ensemble presents engaging, thought-provoking and eclectic programs, enabling audiences to experience new musical sensations delivered with high artistry by its seven core players – some of the finest new music performers in California. Ensemble-in-residence at UC Davis, the Empyrean Ensemble has premiered approximately 200 works throughout the course of their existence and has performed widely throughout California, including appearances at many prominent music festivals and concert series. My Serenade for Four Strings (2005) will be performed on the opening program for their 2009 season. This program will kick off during the Festival of New American Music at California State University at Sacramento.

Nov 8, 8PM Capiscrano Hall, California State University, Sacramento
Nov 15, 7PM Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center, UC Davis

The internationally acclaimed Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival will be taking place this year from 20 through 29 November. Aside from Jonathan Harvey, the hcmf composer in residence for 2009, the festival will feature an abundance of interesting composers from all over the world. I am happy to announce that two recent works of mine will be receiving their UK premiere at Huddersfield this year: JungGa, a concerto for oboe/musette and ensemble, written for Ernest Rombout and the Nieuw Ensemble, and my recent music theater work Words and Beyond: Hwang Jin-Yi, to be performed by Percussion the Hague, mezzo-soprano Margriet van Reisen and dancer Kenzo Kusuda.

JungGa – Ernest Rombout, oboe/musette; Bas Wiegers, conductor; Nieuw Ensemble
Nov 24, 7:30PM @ St. Paul’s Hall, Huddersfield, UK
Words and Beyond: Hwang Jin-Yi – Percussion The Hague; Margriet van Reisen, voice; Kenzo Kusuda, dance
Nov 26, 8PM @ Bates Mills, Huddersfield, UK