As you may have noticed, it’s been a while since I’ve posted here. That’s because of my role as a mom and educator to my young children. But I still keep at it! After all, once an artist, always an artist. Here a couple of my newest projects.
I’ve started a YouTube channel called, “Mommy Seastar.” Here I post little videos for the purpose of supplying fun educational movies for kids. They’re based on the interests my kids have. I also use this channel to put my music compositions out and to create music videos. I will be using my blog here to post new videos as they come out. Here a couple Mommy Seastar videos:
I’ve also kept up composing. Spring rehearsals are underway at the La Verne Symphony Orchestra. They requested and will be performing my 9th symphonic picture at the end of this season. Here is the electronic recording my my newest symphonic piece:
And finally the Los Angeles Composers Collective will be presenting a concert on March 9th entitled, “The Sounds, The Stories: Re-imagining the Italian Art Song.” My setting of St Francis’ “Laudes Creaturarum” will be among the pieces performed. Here is the link to the concert information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-sounds-the-stories-reimagining-the-italian-art-song-tickets-55452206041?aff=efbeventtix
This piece took multiple steps for me to create it, so there are multiple versions which I have been putting up on the IMSLP website. The definitive version will come out after the concert, but here are the earlier versions:
I love St Francis of Assisi, so when the chance came to set this poem, I jumped at it. It’s been a big challenge completing this project, but I am happy that I fought for time to compose and am grateful to be participating in the upcoming concert. Below are the notes that will be in the concert program:
St Francis was a joyful, peaceful saint who saw the beauty of God all around him in God’s creation. Born in 1181 to a rich merchant in the hill town of Assisi, St Francis later gave up all his wealth to become a poor friar and dedicate his life to pray, love of God, and service to others. The founder of the Friars Minor, St Francis lead a very austere life and preached about giving up material wealth to make place for God’s life within the soul. This beautiful poem prayer shows St Francis’ way of praying to God through the contemplation of His beautiful creation. This creation was as it were a way God spoke to Francis of His love for him and also His great majesty. St Francis was so closely identified with Christ and His sufferings that he was given the Stigmata, the miraculous wounds of Christ. This poem was written in 1224, two years before the saint’s death in 1226.