Anthem is finally posted! This is the live premiere at Purdue University, conducted by Jay Gephart, last April. I conducted 6 of my other works with their bands while I was there, but told Jay I couldn’t conduct the premiere of a brand new piece – I really wanted to sit in the audience and hear it.
BTW, if it sounds like there’s an excessive amount of reverb, that’s because they perform in a Elliot Hall, which seats SIX THOUSAND AND FIVE. I think nearly 1000 people came to the performance, and it still felt empty. I think they could the hold the whole Midwest Clinic in this hall.
If you want to hear Anthem live (and who doesn’t?), the next performance(s) will be July 15th and 16th, by WYWOP, at the MidEurope Festival in Bischofshofen and Schladming, Austria. So, if you happen to be in the Austrian Alps and have a free evening, come by. Also, bring lighters to wave in the air (or your cellphone, I guess). The WYWOP is always a great ensemble and gives a fantastic performance. BTW, if you’re 30 or under, and want to play in it in the future, apply! I can’t recommend it highly enough. Besides making great music, you get to spend a week in the Alps drinking excellent beer with brand new friends from around the world.