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Sowing Useful Truths
Commissioned by the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, this new work celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Young Artists Wind Ensemble premieres this week. Read about it and view the score to this 5.5 minute barn-burner, which will open H. Robert Reynolds's July 30th program at Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood.
Symphony No. 1, My Hands Are a City
In February I enjoyed a residency at Arizona State University, for a special lecture-performance of Symphony No. 1, conducted by Stuart Sims. Visit his project web page: "The 21st Century Symphony", where you can listen to the ASU Wind Symphony's recording, watch live performance videos, and view Dr. Sims's brilliant Bernstein-style lecture on the piece, complete with live musical examples.
Commissioned and premiered by euphoniumist Pat Stuckemeyer, Milori Blue premiered at the 2010 International Tuba-Euphonium Association Conference in May. The 3-mvt work will be recorded later this Summer, and will be available for sale through Potenza Music Publishing this Fall.
De Profundis, for massed winds
Commissioned by the 2010 Central Oklahoma Directors Association, De Profundis premiered last January with Indiana University conductor Jeffrey Gershman. This 10' work features the de profundis plainchant, aleatoric gestures, big/loud drums, and the largest ensemble one can muster. Listen to the complete work, now available for performance from OK Feel Good Music.
In Progress: Stereo Action
Commissioned by a consortium of percussion ensembles, this work takes the pops-percussion and Space-Age Bachelor Pad "living stereo" records of the 1960's as its stylistic starting-point. Stereo Action will premiere at the Percussive Arts Society International Conference in Indianapolis this November, with the Texas A&M University-Commerce Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Brian Zator.
In 2008, the Japan Wind Ensemble Conductors Conference commissioned and premiered Climbing Parnassus in Kurashiki. I’ll be returning to Japan next year for a new JWECC commission for a work for chorus and small ensemble. The Japanese consortium is still open and looking for U.S. co-commissioners. If interested, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, work continues on Carnival of Souls, an opera collaboration with playwright Gary Winter. Later this summer we will be recording demos of Act I, Scenes 1-3.
Some upcoming performances
Oct 23, 2010 - Tree, for string orchestra, with the Chicago Youth Symphony Encore Chamber Orchestra, Allen Tinkham, conductor.
March 24, 2011 - Symphony No. 1, My Hands Are a City at the CBDNA National Conference, University of Washington, with the Texas State University Wind Ensemble, Dr. Rod Schueller, conductor.
My best to all, and Happy Summer!
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