After a year or so of writing smaller-scale instrumental and choral works for single events, I have returned to my opera-in-progress, Brother Brother. I am sharing excerpts from this work in June at the Industry’s First Take event in Los Angeles and have begun to plan for a premiere performance of the full piece sometime in the next year or so. Very exciting and also daunting. As I try to get my head back into the piece, I have been looking at some of the original images that inspired this project when I began it several years ago.

The top blueprint is for one of the Wright Brother’s kites that inspired their airplane design.

The below image is a early 1900 photograph of a house fire, which I associate with the fire in the Wright Brother’s workshop that features prominently in the third act of Brother Brother.