I’m in Austria at the moment, preparing for MidEurope where I will be the guest composer for the week! The festival is held each summer in Schladming, Austria, nestled in an Alpine valley, about an hour’s drive from Salzburg. It’s as idyllic as it sounds. 🙂
The schedule includes performances of Stampede by the Südtiroler Jugendblasorchester, MetaMarch with the LA Winds (I’m conducting this one!), and both Dusk and my brand new Suite Dreams with the World Youth Wind Orchestra Project (WYWOP), conducted by Ray Cramer and Johann Moesenbichler, respectively. In addition, I’ll be giving lectures on BCM International and my work, Dusk, as well. The full schedule of events can be found here (as of right now, this part of the website is only in German, but it’s easy to understand). There are plenty of concerts, masterclasses, workshops, and great food and beer!
As I mentioned last year when I visited the festival, if you are a student between ages 15 and 30, you should investigate the possibility of playing in the WYWOP next year. It’s a wonderful week of music and international friendship, and would be well worth your time and money. The cost isn’t extraordinary (the big expense is getting yourself to Schladming in the first place!). Just spread the word to anyone you think might be interested. Deadline is usually sometime in February or March. Ok, enough of the sales pitch. More alpine bloggage soon!