Home Is A Harbor: An Opera in Three Acts

The Palm Trees Are Restless: Five Poems of Kate Gale

World Premiere Recordings

“a compelling musical theater piece which combines classical and modern musical elements with contemporary dramatic situations…. These two new works… come highly recommended for all enthusiasts of contemporary music…” — Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold, Fanfare Magazine

One of the early reviews describing this stunning new release: Home is a Harbor, Mark’s first opera. And a wondrous bonus in this two-disc set is his latest song cycle, The Palm Trees are Restless. Both works are prime examples of Abel’s hard-hitting signature style, which couches often biting social commentary in a unique musical fusion that combines the depth and sophistication of classical with the in-your-face impact of rock.

Many of the wonderful singers who graced his previous releases are also members of Home Is a Harbor’s marvelous cast. The powerful Palm Trees are given a superlative performance from GRAMMY®-winning soprano Hila Plitmann, known for her work with top contemporary composers, including her husband, Eric Whitacre.

Since a veteran of the Afghanistan war is a key character in the opera’s poignant story, Delos will donate a portion of album sales revenue to Veterans’ organizations, beginning with Cathay Post No. 384 of the American Legion.

ARTISTS: Hila Plitmann; Jamie Chamberlin; Ariel Pisturino; Babatunde Akinboboye; E. Scott Levin; Janelle DeStefano; Jon Lee Keenan; Carver Cossey; Tali Tadmor; Benjamin Makino; La Brea Sinfonietta

Track Listing:

Disc One

    HOME IS A HARBOR — Acts 1 & 2

  1. “Hi, Mom!”
  2. “So you’re really going to leave here”
  3. “Hi baby, you’re looking fine tonight”
  4. “This is not quite what I expected…”
  5. “Hardly cut out for animal husbandry…”
  6. “Hey, what’s going on?”
  7. “Lance, my darling, can this really be you?”

Disc Two

  1. “So, Lenore…”
  2. “And where will you go now?”
  3. THE PALM TREES ARE RESTLESS

  4. The Storm Drain
  5. Los Angeles
  6. Crater Light
  7. Shura
  8. The Great Divorce