Michael joins The 6821 Quintet as pianist for a series of March 2017 performances to be held throughout Washington, DC. The program will include his Songs of Spring, previously commissioned by and premiered at the 2016 National Cherry Blossom Festival.
Philadelphia's Lyric Fest has commissioned a new song cycle for premiere in spring 2017 by mezzo-soprano Elisa Sutherland and pianist Laura Ward.
McGill University invites Michael to its George Enescu Conference in February 2017. Michael will perform Walimai with violist Victor Fournelle-Blain and participate in a panel discussion on the works of Enescu.