The Scarlet Letter for Orchestra, Symphony No. 8

Based on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel The Scarlet Letter (1850), Symphony No. 8 contains musical portraits of the three main characters: Hester Prynne, Roger Chillingworth and Arthur Dimmesdale. I. The first movement, Hester, highlights the conflicts that Hester faced:...

O Pioneers! for Orchestra, Symphony No. 7

Symphony No. 7 “O Pioneers!” was adapted from Harbach’s opera, O Pioneers! An American Opera, based on Willa Cather’s lyrical novel of tragedy and transformation, O Pioneers!  In 2014, Harbach transcribed three songs from the opera to paint musical portraits of the...

Night Soundings for Orchestra, Symphony No. 6

Cloak of Darkness is the hour of the wolf, between night and light, just before the dawn awakens. It is believed to be the time when demons have intensified power, our nightmares are the most real, and the sleepless are haunted by their deepest fears. The only reality...

Symphony No. 4 “Gateway Festival Symphony”

Gateway Festival Symphony, 2013, is written for and dedicated to Dr. James Richards and the Gateway Festival Orchestra for their 50th Jubilee Anniversary. I. Confluencity depicts the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers with the ebb and flow of two rivers...