River of Solace (2016)

for orchestra

An oft-quoted Bible passage (from the Book of Amos) asks for justice to “roll on like a river.” But what is justice without solace? “River of Solace” is a single movement work for orchestra that explores the depths of solace needed to appease the injustice and the suffering that is so prevalent today. The harmonic language utilized is mostly somber and reverential, but occasionally turbulent. The work was commissioned by and composed for Dr. Selim Giray and the LOU Symphony Orchestra of Oxford, Mississippi in 2016.