10 min.

Program Notes

On June 6, 2015 I married the love of my life, Chris. Chris and I grew up in a time when two men could not marry. In 2004, our home state of Massachusetts was the first to guarantee marriage equality. Yet, on the day Chris and I tied the knot, our marriage was only recognized in some parts of our country.

I composed this music for our ceremony as an expression of my deepest affection. The processional music, “Forever Began with Hello,” recalls the intoxicating magic of early love, with the main theme hued from our joined initials, C-B-O-C. “The Tree With the Lights in It,” performed as the ceremony’s interlude, draws its title from a passage in Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, a mutual favorite book we discussed at length on our first date.

Three weeks after our wedding, the Supreme Court issued the landmark Obergefell v. Hodges ruling, which recognized the fundamental right for same-sex couples to marry. These momentous events are forever entwined in my memory, and I feel immense gratitude to everyone who persevered to make love and equality available to all.

Oliver Caplan

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.

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