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Ching might well be tempted to craft a concert suite without the transitional material." His early miniature opera Leo: Opera in One Cat is a jazz-based 15-minute one-act opera, with a libretto by Fernando Fonseca based on Cal Massey's story "Leo Spat".
It premiered in June 1985 at Houston Grand Opera's Texas Opera Theater, and subsequent venues included South Street Theater in New York City in October 1985.
He wanted to go into music but his family discouraged him." Ching started piano at the age of six and was quite skilled at it, at one point considering a career as a concert pianist.
In addition, he studied flute, violin, and oboe, mostly for the sake of composition.
A prolific and eclectic composer, he is best known nationally as the composer of innovative operas, including his a cappella adaptation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream (2011).
He started composing as a child, and by the time he reached high school he had studied composition at Interlochen and also had private composition instruction.