Author Archives: Michael Kurek

Hilltop Diary, November 7, 2019

Quite a crazy couple of weeks to report, but calm prevails here at Hilltop today.  (For late, arrivals, “Hilltop” is the name we gave our home, partially in honor of Beatrix Potter, whose home was “Hill Top” and we live at the top of a modest hill.) A great number of deer continue to populate […]

Hilltop Diary October 20, 2019

It has been two weeks since my last entry, having been just too busy to write last week. We took a trip eastward to Gatlinburg, TN for our friend Jennifer’s birthday party at a rented cabin in the beautiful fall mountains; then for a couple of days at the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina; then […]

Hilltop Diary, October 7, 2019

It has been a fun week at Hilltop.  Our two kitties got their new “marshmallow beds” – super plush, squishy beds, which cause them to sink in and “kneed the dough”.  I went to a nearby farm to pick up our big basket of organic produce that we subscribe to.  The owner happens to be […]

Hilltop Diary, September 29, 2019

On Friday morning we looked out of the back windows onto our field and saw a mysterious blob of snow-white fur, about the size of a large cat, ambling across the landscape very close to the ground. As it turned to a side view, a lovely skunk was revealed, but with an entire white back […]

Hilltop Diary, September 22, 2019

Like many places, Hilltop is still having a bit of late summer heat going into the first day of fall tomorrow; the flowers have to be watered twice a day to survive. Yet, leaves begin to fall and you can hear the tapping of acorns raining down and hitting the ground every minute or two […]

Hilltop Diary, September 15

This week Hilltop was quite buzzing, as usual. Crystal made Scottish shortbread and Cajun Gumbo by night, while teaching her full teaching load by day. We started seeing foxes this week around Hilltop, a rare sight here, and — speaking of buzzing — a pack of bees have taken over our bird bath for their […]

Hilltop Diary, September 8, 2019

This past week at Hilltop has seen Crystal and me both successfully through the dreaded flu, somehow functioning on Advil and Musinex.  Amidst the sniffles, coughs, and sneezes, I got up to the end of the “B” section (in an ABA’ form) in my symphony’s third movement, and beyond to the length of about six […]

Hilltop Diary Premieres, Entry No. 1

September 1, 2019 Welcome to a new feature on this site. The former “Latest News” has become a bit more personal and, I hope, more interesting, in the form of “Hilltop Diary”.  I will attempt a short (500 word) musing about life as a composer here at Hilltop every week or two, and if you […]

A new symphony, a new book, and a retirement from teaching

June, 2019 — Michael Kurek is at work on a 40+ minute, four-movement symphony. The first two movements have been completed and will be read on July 12, 2019 in Philadelphia by the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia, conducted by Ovidiu Marinescu. Plans for an official world premiere and recording will be announced as early as […]

Headed to New York Again, and More

Above, left:  Crystal Kurek as Elizabeth Barrett and Deron Ryan Martel as Robert Browning.  Above right: Leslie Eiler Thompson as Sarah Martin and Tyler Evick as Henry Lane, rehearsing in Nashville for Michael Kurek’s musical theater show, “Dear Miss Barrett.”   A reading of 2/3 of the show will be held at the National Arts Club […]