Daniel Sonenberg, USM associate professor of music and resident composer, recently was awarded the Provost’s Research Fellowship allowing him to work on the orchestration of his opera “The Summer King.” He is a resident of Portland.
“The Summer King” details the life of Negro League baseball player Josh Gibson who played from 1930-1946. Gibson, who was known as the “Black Babe Ruth,” died three months before the integration of baseball in the Major Leagues.
Sonenberg describes his work as a labor of love that has taken eight years to conceive and create. Portland Ovations has included a May 8 concert performance premiere of the opera in its upcoming 2013-2014 season.
The USM Provost’s Research Fellowship is designed to allow the recipient, who must be a tenured professor, the opportunity to spend time on activities related to research, creative work and scholarly attainment. Recipients are chosen through a competitive process.
Sonenberg was also awarded the Trustee Professorship which is given by the University of Maine System Board of Trustees to reward excellence among faculty members at University of Maine System campuses.