Stephenson’s arrangement of “TAPS” was featured on a PBS NewsHour Memorial Day tribute, with anchor Judy Woodruff narrating. The performance featured soloist Master Sgt. Samuel Barlow and the trombone ensemble of “The President’s Own” US Marine Band; Col. Jason K. Fettig, director. Watch here.
See the fantastic trailer to WOODEN DIMES, my new vaudeville-inspired ballet score for the San Francisco Ballet, which premiered in March, 2021. The choreography was done by Danielle Rowe, and was conducted/produced by Music Director Martin West. I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to write my first original ballet for such a storied … Read more
After “Fanfare for Democracy” was premiered on January 20, 2021 at the United States Capitol for the Inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris, I had the crazy idea to ask an orchestra from each state to co-commission an orchestral version. With the help of many colleagues, musicians, and others, 51 orchestras (each … Read more
I have been engaged to create reduced chamber ensemble orchestrations of many standard works, for production for the Grand Rapids Symphony’s new 2020-21 online concert series: Pathwaves. Of particular note is the opportunity to create eight new arrangements for a Nov. 13/14 special concert featuring the acclaimed violinist Joshua Bell and renowned soprano Larisa Martinez. … Read more