The string orchestra work, Conflict and Reconciliation, was performed at Belhaven University, Jackson, Mississippi, on October 6, 5:00 p.m., as a part of the 2016 Annual Conference of Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers. The Belhaven University Orchestra is under the direction of Song Xie.
Autumn, a choral work for SSAATB a cappella, was performed by a select choir for the 2015 Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers Annual Conference which was held at Malone University, in Canton, Ohio, in October, 2015. The choir was under the direction of Dr. Jon Peterson.
Project Encore, a free catalog of contemporary choral music reviewed and endorsed by a panel of renowned conductors, has recently selected Mrs. Casey’s Autumn (SSAATB a cappella) to be a part of its catalog. Earlier her work, What Shall We Bring? (SSAATTBB a cappella) was also added to the Project Encore catalog.
Variations on Holy Manna (for 3 standard flutes and alto flute) was performed on a concert, November 11, 2015, sponsored by Women in Music – Columbus. The concert was held at the Riley Auditorium in the Battelle Fine Arts Center on the campus of Otterbein University, Westerville, Ohio. The performers were Amy Grooms, Kristin Gustofson, Samantha Gossett, and Sarah Luckey.
The McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra, Worthington, Ohio, Antoine Clark, director, featured Jerry Casey as guest composer on a concert performed on Sunday, March 22, 2015, at 3:00 p.m., in the McConnell Arts Center Concert Hall. The orchestra performed her work, “The Musicians of Bremen,” for Chamber Orchestra and Narrator. The narrator was Sarah Luckay. Mrs. Casey, now residing in Naples, Florida, was present for the concert.
The rest of the program featured winners of the Women in Music – Columbus Scholarship Auditions performing concerto movements accompanied by the orchestra.
Three Love Songs (Soprano/piano based on poetry of Elizabeth Barrett Browning) will be performed on the 2014-2015 concert series of the World Oceans Ensemble, based in Atlanta, GA. Tentatively the work has been scheduled for the ensemble’s March concert.
Anna’s Song (Soprano/Piano) was performed at the 2014 annual conference of the Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers (CFAMC) at a concert on October 10, 2014,at 10:30 a.m., at BIOLA University, La Mirada, CA. The soprano was Elizabeth Sywulka.
The final section of Act I has been completed. Here is the action. Deborah departs and sends Darius, Pilate’s servant, to Procula. The final scene of this act includes the entrance of Pilate and his interaction with Procula revealing their relationship. I wanted Pilate to have something special in his music so I used a synthetic scale and worked to give him a military air. At one point in his interplay with Procula he expresses his frustration with the Jewish people. “I think this city is accursed! Why? Why can’t these people see Roman rule is fair and just. Roman rule is fair and just. Why? Why must they be so obstinate?” Click here for an example (remember that these are MIDI files without words).
I also want people to see the loving relationship between Pilate and Procula. Some of the music of the opening aria returns, this time cast as a duet. The couple reflect on Pilate’s appointment as procurator of Judea, Procula:” I remember that day when you told me your good news.” Pilate: “I had been appointed the Prefect of Judea. That posting was an important step in my career.” Both: “Best of all it meant we would marry.” Click here.
They sing of their wedding in Rome, Procula: “I remember our wedding.” Pilate: “I remember your flame-colored veil.” Both: “I remember our love fulfilled.” Click here.
They remember their honeymoon voyage to Caesarea, Judea’s seat of government, Pilate and Procula: “Then came our journey across the sea. Sunny days, warm nights.” Click here.
Then they recall the difficult times in Jerusalem and the possible results of the treason of Pilate’s mentor, Sejanus, and their fears of trouble at Passover time.
Deciding to turn from their somber thoughts and enjoy the evening together, they drift away to dinner as the curtain closes, Procula: “Ah, Pilate, let us not think about that tonight. Let us enjoy this evening.” Pilate: “Ah, yes, you are right, dear Procula. Let us enjoy our time together.” Both: “Our time together.” Click here.