Love Me Rite (1994)

for soprano, big band, and strings
      

Love Me Ritewas written for the Hard Rubber Orchestra's Elvis Cantata, a blow out event that (in its two concert incarnations) combined arrangements of Elvis hits with wild performances, impersonators, improvisations, and images, all of which was threatened by Graceland's lawyers in a cease-and-desist order. Love Me Rite blends Love Me Tender with Rite of Spring, with a touch a Marilyn thrown in.

Julia Bonnett with the Hard Rubber Orchestra, and Kevin McNulty as The Preacher