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Daniel Steven Crafts

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Composer Daniel Steven Crafts came to New Mexico from San Francisco where he wrote for legendary opera star Jerry Hadley. The first of their collaborations, a setting of poetry by Carl Sandburg, The Song & the Slogan, was premiered in 2000, and made into a TV program for the PBS network, hosted by David Hartman, and awarded an Emmy in 2003 for Best Music. 

His opera and vocal music collaborations have included work with writers Rudolfo Anaya (La Llorona), V.B. Price (From a Distant Mesa), Benedict and Nancy Freedman (Sappho), Erik Bauersfeld (Diary of a Madman; Bartleby), poet Adam Cornford (many works), Thomas B. Woodward (And the Winner Is. . . / All the Right Moves), and cartoonist Shannon Wheeler (Too Much Coffee Man Opera). 

With Too Much Coffee Man Opera he created a new sub-genre of classical opera known as Gonzo Opera. While using the vocal techniques of traditional opera, Gonzo Opera uses wildly comical and satirical plots and situations. 

In 1980 the composer, considered a progenitor of the “found sound” movement, released an LP of tape composition, Snake Oil Symphony / Soap Opera Suite, which has subsequently been used as course material in university electronic music programs. 

To date Mr. Crafts has completed a dozen operas, eight symphonies, six concertos, and fifteen large orchestral works, as well as a host of shorter pieces. His work has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts (once in collaboration with poet Adam Cornford), and numerous awards from ASCAP. 

A selection of the music of Daniel Steven Crafts has been recorded on two CDs released by the BACAT label in San Francisco: Contemporaries contains two sets of satirical instrumental works including A Meter Maid Attempts to Give a Parking Ticket to an Aggressive Alcoholic Who Has Just Arrived With Three More Dimes; ARIAS features excerpts from three of his operas and several other vocal works including a complete setting of the William Blake Songs of Innocence & Experience. 

His work has been recorded by the Kiev and Czech Philharmonics and the Prague Radio Symphony and Chorus. Mr. Crafts has received commissions from the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra and Kent Nagano (My Mistress Suite, based on medieval melodies), the Northwest Symphony (for its 50th anniversary), and the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra (for its 75th anniversary). 

For more information, please visit dscrafts.net. 

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FIRST VIOLIN
Carmelo de los Santos
Karen McKinnon Concertmaster Chair
Sarah Tasker •••
Assistant Concertmaster
Ana María Quintero Muñoz
Joan Wang +
Heidi Deifel
Juliana Huestis
Barbara Rivers
Nicolle Maniaci
Barbara Scalf Morris

SECOND VIOLIN
Rachel Jacklin •
Carol Swift •••
Julanie Lee
Jessica Retana ++
Liana Austin
Lidija Peno-Kelly
Sheila McLay
Brad Richards

VIOLA
Laura Chang
Kimberly Fredenburgh •••
Allegra Askew
Christine Rancier
Laura Steiner
Michael Anderson
Lisa DiCarlo
Joan Hinterbichler
Laura Campbell

CELLO
Amy Huzjak
Jonathan Flaksman •••

Carla Lehmeier-Tatum
Ian Mayne-Brody
Dana Winograd
David Schepps
Lisa Collins
Elizabeth Purvis

BASS
Mark Tatum ••
Katherine Olszowka
Terry Pruitt
Marco Retana
Frank Murry

FLUTE
Valerie Potter
Esther Fredrickson
Jiyoun Hur ••+
Noah Livingston ••++

PICCOLO
Esther Fredrickson

OBOE
Kevin Vigneau
Amanda Talley

ENGLISH HORN
Melissa Peña ••+
Rebecca Ray ••++

CLARINET
Marianne Shifrin
Lori Lovato •••
Jeffrey Brooks

E-FLAT CLARINET
Lori Lovato

BASS CLARINET
Jeffrey Brooks

BASSOON
Stefanie Przybylska •
Denise Turner

HORN
Peter Erb •+
Alana Yee +++
Allison Tutton
Andrew Meyers
Maria Long ••••

TRUMPET
John Marchiando
Brynn Marchiando
Sam Oatts ••

TROMBONE
Aaron Zalkind
Byron Herrington

BASS TROMBONE
David Tall +
Robinson Schulze ++

TUBA
Richard White

TIMPANI
Micah Harrow •+

PERCUSSION
Jeff Cornelius
Kenneth Dean
Emily Corneliu

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