Sheila Silver presents “A Composer’s Journey: Travels in Music” as a Zoom program for the North Chatham Free Library on Sunday April 11 at 3 pm. Joining us from her music studio, she will share emotional journeys she has taken to cultures that have inspired some of her significant works.

One of the works she will preview is her recently completed opera based on Khaled Hosseini’s international best-selling novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns, which takes place in contemporary Afghanistan. Silver studies Hindustani music in India with Pandit Kedar Narayan Bodas and has incorporated an authentic Hindustani color into her score for the opera. Commissioned by the Seattle Opera, it will be premiered in October 2022.

Recognized as an important and vital voice in American music today, Sheila Silver has written in a wide range of mediums: from solo instrumental works to large orchestral works; from opera to feature film scores. “Only a few composers in any generation enliven the art form with their musical language and herald new directions in music. Sheila Silver is such a visionary.” (Wetterauer Zeitung, Germany, 2004). She lives in Spencertown, New York, with her husband, film writer and director, John Feldman.

Advance registration is required. To request the code for this Zoom program, contact by EMAIL: or by PHONE: 518-766-3211.

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered in Columbia County by the Greene County Council on the Arts dba CREATE Council for Resources to Enrich the Arts, Technology & Education.