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Daniel Sonenberg

is the composer of The Summer King: The Josh Gibson Story, and numerous other works of chamber, larger ensemble, and vocal music, as well as several albums of original rock music. He lives in Portland, Maine, and is associate professor and resident composer at the University of Southern Maine

"The Summer King is a compelling theatrical experience and a serious, thought-provoking addition to the repertory....The score is quite strong. Sonenberg’s eclectic aural landscape incorporates jazz, ragtime, swing, even extending to mariachi in a scene where Gibson goes to Mexico to play for the Veracruz Azules. Sonenberg’s vocal writing is demanding—he favors extremes of the range—but almost always idiomatic and gratifying."

                                                   - Opera News, July 2017

Alfred Walker and Denyce Graves in The Summer King (photo by David Bachmann) 

Alfred Walker and Denyce Graves in The Summer King (photo by David Bachmann) 

Robert Anthony Mack, Kyle Oliver, Kenneth Kellogg, Terrence Chin-Loy, Martin Bakari, Philip Gay, and Alfred Walker in The Summer King. (Photo by David Bachmann). 

Robert Anthony Mack, Kyle Oliver, Kenneth Kellogg, Terrence Chin-Loy, Martin Bakari, Philip Gay, and Alfred Walker in The Summer King. (Photo by David Bachmann).