Paradise Lost is a collaboration between Meyrelles and Donna Axton, chair of SNC's music department.
But this isn't the first time the two have collaborated.They worked together in 1997 on Meyrelles' play, "Stars in Your Eyes," which was produced off-Broadway in New York two years later.
stands shoulder-to-shoulder with anyone arranging in New York ... she's
a boon to the college," Meyrelles said.
"I compose on the guitar," he
Meyrelles has played the guitar as long as he
can remember, and he
began composing when he
was in about the second grade.Paradise Lost is a song cycle of 18 songs.
is integral to the process," he
added."It would be impossible to do it without her
translates the guitar sound into sounds for piano and voice.
Meyrelles grew up in Michigan and then attended Whittenberg University
in Ohio, followed by law school at Seattle University
.Through the years, he
continued playing the guitar and composing.At times, he
played in bands at various clubs to help work his
way through college.
After working for 15 years as a securities attorney in Century City in Los Angeles, Meyrelles decided to give up law.In 1995 he
traveled extensively.Then in 1996, he
signed with an agent and produced the demo tape for his
first musical, "Stars In Your Eyes."The musical won several Tony awards, and after being produced in New York, it went to theaters across the United States.
Meyrelles said he
hopes the same thing will happen for Paradise Lost.
"The Sierra Nevada Chorale
is a great laboratory for me," he
said."It's a safe environment."
avocation for his
vocation has changed the quality of Meyrelles' life.He
became aware that making music was more important to him than practicing law.
"I've realized you get to do the thing in life you think is most important: create art," he
said."Sometimes - in this day and age - there isn't the support ... ."
There is nothing more exciting to Meyrelles than hearing real voices sing what was in his