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Me and a pelican on Santa Cruz wharf


Where I worked in 2000-01

My wife, Laura Schwendinger, is a composer, and an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music. She's composed pieces that have been performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City, and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., among other venues. She has been awarded fellowships at the American Academy in Berlin and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies (2002-03), a resident scholarship at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Conference and Study Center, and a Koussevitzky Foundation commission (administered by the Library of Congress) [Interview]


Laura Schwendingerís new opera, Artemisia, premiered by Trinity Church Wall Street and NOVUS NY, directed by Julian Wachner, as part of the Times Arrow Festival - A Celebration of Music and the Arts in the New World, for the 250th Anniversary of St. Paulís Chapel (209 Broadway, NYC).

Video of performance: [link].

Artemisia is an opera of passion, betrayal and art in 17th century Italy, and is based on the life of Italian painter Artemisia Gentileschi. With a libretto by Ginger Strand, author of The Brothers Vonnegut, Artemisia is a recipient of a National Opera Center Discovery grant.

Libretto and excerpt of libretto.

Her father, Robert Schwendinger, is a maritime historian.

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26 February 2017