As winner of the 2013 Domenic Pelliciotti Prize in Opera Composition, A Letter to East 11th Street (libretto: Mark Campbell/music: Martin Hennessy)will be mounted  by the Crane Music School, Suny Potdam University in November of 2014.(stay tuned for details about the 4 performances)


I was honored with a Copland House residency and I'm happy to report I spent a fruitful five weeks at the Copland House composing a piano trio and some other pieces for piano and voice from the Feburary/March of 2013.

 I was selected for the New Dramatists Composer Librettist Studio. I had the great fortune of creating music with five terrific lyricist/librettists February March of 2012.

Past Performances

December 6, 2012 at 8PM

Martin Hennessy is Dead! presents Words, Words, Words at the National Opera Center 330 7th Avenue at 8PM. Featuring World Premiere of Renascence for vocal quartet and piano. Poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay. With soprano, Katherine Whyte, mezzo-soprano, Blythe Gaissert-Levitt, tenor, Alex Mansoori and baritone, Michael Anthony McGee.

January 12, 2012 Five Borough Music Festival presents the New York SongBook. Including  work they commissioned from me -The City's Love- a setting of Claude McKay's poem-to be performed by baritone, David McFerrin and pianist, Jocelyn Dueck.


December 14, 2010 at 8:00PM
Martin Hennessy is Dead!
Hennessy and artist friends kick off a new concert series entitled Martin Hennessy is Dead !Martin showcasing music of Hennessy and other living composers.
Performances by soprano, Marnie Breckenridge, mezzo-sopranos, Eve Gigliotti and Emily Johnson, tenor, Alex Mansoori, clarinetist, Bruce Williamson, cellist, Raman Ramakrishnan, baritone Elem Eley and more.
Hennessy at the piano with selections from his operas, chamber works and song cycles.
Christ and St. Stephen Episcopal Church
Located near Lincoln Center at 120 W 69th Street between Broadway and Columbus.
Donation at the door!

Archived Performances

November 16, 2010 at 8:00 PM Concert a la Carte
Mirror Visions Ensemble
Soprano Vira Slywotsky and composer/pianist Richard Pearson Thomas perform Hennessy's Daliah's Soup
Longy School of Music
Boston, MA
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November 9, 2010 at 8:00 PM
Concert a la Carte
Mirror Visions Ensemble
Soprano Vira Slywotsky and composer/pianist Richard Pearson Thomas perform Hennessy's Daliah's Soup
Merkin Concert Hall
New York, NY

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October 24, 2010 at 3PM
Mirror Visions Ensemble
Soprano Vira Slywotsky and composer/pianist Richard Pearson Thomas perform Hennessy's
Daliah's Soup
Hopkins School, New Haven, CT

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September 13, 2010
Ruminations All Hennessy Program from Westminster Choir College is broadcast on WWFM in Princeton with Bliss Michelson interviewing Hennessy and baritone, Elem Eley.

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July 28, 2010 at 7:30 PM
at Bristol Chapel, Westminster Choir College, Rider University. World Premiere of Hennessy’s Ruminations/Six Poems of William Bronk with baritone Elem Eley, clarinetist, Bruce Williamson and composer/pianist Martin Hennessy. Elem and Martin will also perform world premier of I Taste a Liquor (Dickinson) written for Mr. Eley, as well as other Hennessy settings. More info>

July 22, 2010
Vocal Colors at Phillips Collection at 6PM and Wolf Trap Barns at 1PM, Washington, D.C. and Vienna, VA Wolftrap Opera presents artist, Eve Gigliotti (mezzo-soprano) performing Hennessy’s setting of
The Secret Garden (Rita Dove) with pianist, Jeremy Frank.

June 4, 2010 7:30 PM
at the Massry Arts Center College of St. Rose, Albany, NY.
An Evening of Operatic Gems, Classic Broadway Tunes (and a bit more!!) with Soprano, Marnie Breckenridge and Composer/Pianist, Martin Hennessy. More info>

May 24, 2010
Masters Recital at Lang Hall, Hunter College, NYC 6PM Soprano Trudy Craney and composer/pianist Martin Hennessy premiere three Hennessy songs, Nude Descending a Staircase (XJ Kennedy), A Note (William Carlos Williams), Trail All Your Pikes (Finch).

April 24th, 2010 Saturday 7:30PM
Voices Up! New Songs by Martin Hennessy at Fordham U. Lincoln Center. My new settings of extracts from Ascending Descending: Janet's Kaplan's quirky and beautiful re-imagination of Jacob's Dream from the Book of Genesis, with performances by young artists from the Bard Conservatory of Music. Ilana Zarankin and Clarissa Lyons, sopranos and Shun Yang Lee, piano.  Free admission. Other new settings by living poets and composers, as well.

March 30, 2010
St. Andrae Church in Graz, Austria: Silent Night/Vocalise for Cello and Soprano in Carl Smith’s arrangement for two violas with violists, Carl Smith and Emilia Gladnishka.

March 19, 2010 4PM
Victoria Leopold Grand Atrium at Sarasota Opera House: Fridays at Four includes Hennessy setting of Whitman’s O You Whom I Often with mezzo-soprano Sarah Larsen and pianist Roger L. Bingaman.

March 11, 2010 at 8PM
ART SONG FORWARD: unplugged Galapagos Art Space 16 Main Street Brooklyn New York. Soprano, Martha Guth and pianist, Michael Fennelly perform Kiss me, Sweet from the Four Ben Jonson Songs.

June 10, 2009
Sean Swinney Recording, New York City World Premiere recording of  Hennessy’s
Give Us Our Peace–setting of Langston Hughes poem for SATB and fourhanded piano - with soprano, Eileen Clark Reisner, alto, Misa Iwama, tenor, Alex Guerrero, bass, Kevin Deas and pianists, William Hobbs and Martin Hennessy.

May 4, 2009
as part of the A. Jess Shenson Recital Series at Stanford University, soprano, Marnie Breckenridge and pianist and Stanford educator, Laura Dahl, perform Echo’ Song and Kiss me, sweet from my Ben Jonson Songs as well as I Dream a World.

January 29, 2009 at 1 PM
Trinity Concerts at One present Marnie Breckenridge, soprano and composer/pianist Martin Hennessy (including Ben Jonson Songs and I Dream a World of Martin Hennessy) Trinity Church Wall Street New York City. More info>

March 18, 2008
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall- The Center for Contemporary Opera presents a reading (and world premier) of my short opera, The Good Friar with mezzo-soprano, Emily Langford Johnson, bass-baritone Lars Fosser and baritone, Mauricio Virgens staged by director, Kevin Newbury. Emily also performs: Little Elegy (Wylie) and O You Whom I Often (Whitman).

September 26, 2007
Strathmore Hall, Bethesda, MD presents concert for Cello and Piano including world premiere of Hennessy’s Suite for Suzanne / 5 Movements for Cello and Piano (after reading To Kill a Mockingbird) with Raman Ramakrishnan, cellist and Martin Hennessy, pianist.

Rhapsody for Two Voices and Small OrchestraHarvard Ballet Company with the American Grace Orchestra at the American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge Mass. Choreography by Laura Glenn. November 7-20, 2006

Eve Gigliotti premieres Songs of Irony/Songs of Love (Millay) in a recital at George School in Newtown, PA with the composer accompanying. November 5, 2006.

A Letter to East 11th Street (Mark Campbell)—extended excerpts presented by Vox 2006: Showcasing American Composers. New York City Opera Orchestra conducted by George Manahan at the Skirball Arts Center, New York University with tenor, Christopher Jackson and sopranos, Arianna Zukermann and Karen Frankenstein. May 6, 2006.

April 18, 2005
San Francisco Song Festival
Four Ben Jonson Songs performed by soprano Marnie Breckenridge and pianist, Steven Bailey at Temple Emanu-El Meyer music Hall, San Francisco.

May 8, 2005
Florestan Recital Project presents

Four Ben Jonson Songs with tenor, Joe Dan Harper and Karl Paulnack, pianist, Boston Conservatory.

June 10 and 11, 2004
American Opera Projects presents
A Letter to East 11th Street Part I at Dance Theatre Workshop in New York City with tenor, Michael Slattery directed by Robin Guarino.