The DePolo’s joint piece was short and sweet, full of tinkling and pealing bells and reminiscent of celtic music. It did its job of embodying the thoughts and feelings one celebrates in sharing the joy of this wonderful time of year”
— Daniel Hathaway: editor & publisher, ClassicalCleveland.com

(2012) Spirit of Christmas
Ohio Philharmonic Orchestra World Premier

When we began composing for the orchestra, we dreamed of the day our music would be performed live - that dream happened a lot faster than we both imagined. In 2012 we met the creative director for the OPO who wanted to feature us in their "upcoming composer" series during their Christmas concert. With the concert approaching, we didn't have anything written that suited what they were looking for, but were given a week to come up with something. After four intense days of writing, and a little help from NYC music services (thank you Philip Rothman) we sent them our piece "The Spirit of Christmas" just in time! We were a nervous wreck sitting in the stands, as a composer you always hope that your music is performed in the best light possible. The conductor Domenico Boyagian, assured us they would nail it and of course they did! What a moment, one that will forever be engrained in our memories - something about that first time that holds a special place in our heart. Looking back and reading the program, from what feels like decades ago, and seeing our names alongside Grieg and Ravel, always brings us such joy. We are forever grateful to Bill Laufer and the OPO for the opportunity of a lifetime. Below you will find the demo we sent to the OPO after our four day marathon of writing! If you also want to take another trip down memory lane, they even featured us in a video series, which you can watch HERE.

OPO conductor Domenic Boyagian with the twins

OPO conductor Domenic Boyagian with the twins