The nature of the talk was the evolution of Western classical music, and how I, as a modern composer, fit into it. Special emphasis was given the increasing diversity of material (harmonic, melodic, thematic, rhythmic, etc.) over time, and how my music---which has been characterized as aesthetically mercurial---is a logical (to me, at least) extension of that trajectory.
It ended with a performance of three of my pieces---How sweet I roam'd, and the Kyrie and Agnus Dei from my Missa Brevis for Three Male Voices---by the Elmsmen (our first time performing together in over a year). When all was said and done, I was pretty pleased!
Then, just a week later, I had the honor of premiering i carry your heart(i carry it in), set to (of course) E.E. Cummings, at the wedding of two great friends. Despite the performance being outside (and our numbers being a bit diminished), everyone pulled together and sang beautifully.