Still With Me was commissioned by euphonium virtuoso Frank Meredith in memory of Sandy, his beloved Yellow Labrador. Our collaboration, which started pre-COVID as an elegy for “man’s best friend,” took on new meaning with the onset of a global pandemic. By the time I completed the piece in September 2020, over 850 thousand people had died worldwide. The pain of loss is interminable. Yet when somebody touches you, they touch you forever. Friends and family who pass on remain with us always, living on in our hearts.
Award-winning composer Oliver Caplan writes melodies that nourish our souls, offering a voice of hope in an uncertain world. Mr. Caplan’s works have been performed in over 120 performances nationwide. He has been commissioned by the Atlanta Chamber Players, Bella Piano Trio and Bronx Arts Ensemble, among others. Winner of a Special Citation for the American Prize in Orchestral Composition, additional recognitions include Veridian Symphony Competition Wins, Fifth House Ensemble Competition Grand Prize and VCCA fellowships. Recordings of Mr. Caplan’s music include his 2012 debut album Illuminations, 2015 EP Moon Over Appalachia and a track on the Sinfonietta of Riverdale’s 2016 album New World Serenade. www.olivercaplan.com
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