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March 22, 2007

Radiant success

The MSU Wind Symphony’s performance Tues. night was a great success – really fine performance. The hall was less than optimal (very dry and the audience is too far from the stage, so there’s little impact or presence in the sound), but ironically, I suspect that will make the recording sound quite good. The band… continued

March 20, 2007

Radiant Joy @ Michigan State tonight

We’re back in East Lansing after a quick (but wonderful) trip to Austin, TX. Verena is conducting Radiant Joy tonight with the Michigan State Wind Symphony, which promises to be quite good. The hall is a bit dry and tends to ‘sand off’ the edges a bit much, but they’re playing really well, and… continued

March 15, 2007

Leonard Slatkin @ BGSU

BGSU is hosting a conducting workshop this week, and today’s featured guest and clinician was Leonard Slatkin. I spent the better part of the day and night watching him work with the BG Philharmonia on Brahms 2nd, and then working with a number of student conductors on the same piece, as well as hearing… continued

March 14, 2007

Mid-Europe 2007, July 10th-15th

I’ve mentioned the festival before, but I thought it warranted its own post, most importantly to invite any players ages 15-30 who want to perform with the World Youth Wind Orchestra Project – you should apply NOW! If spending a week in the stunning Austrian Alps, playing lots of music, and hanging out with all… continued

March 13, 2007

Concerto for Wind Ensemble

Sunday afternoon, I finished my “Concerto for Wind Ensemble” for the USAF Band of Mid-America, led by Commander Donald Schofield. Cdr. Schofield asked me for something virtuosic, and we batted around ideas along the lines of a concerto grosso that represented the USAF Thunderbirds. As the idea evolved, I gravitated away from a specific,… continued

March 6, 2007

Suite Dreams

Suite Dreams, my fourth (and final?) Parody Suite piece, is finished and in rehearsals at Jasper High School in Jasper, Indiana! I’ll go out there for the premiere in late April. I have a feeling I’ll need to make some fairly serious revisions – not sure if the timing and flow works well… continued

February 27, 2007

Alchemy @ UMich

The Symphony Band’s performance last Wed. night was wonderful. Many thanks to Miller Asbill for programming the piece and the great job conducting, to Michael Haithcock for making this possible (and for dinner!), and of course, the band. As is often the case, the dress rehearsal was even better than the performance (it was, in… continued

December 14, 2006

Midwest Clinic 2006

On Monday, we head to the annual Midwest Clinic in Chicago. This year, the Austrian brass ensemble, “Sound INN Brass” will premiere a brand new version of Loose Id for brass and drumset. The concert is Saturday morning, 9:30, in the Grand Ballroom. If you’re at the convention, don’t miss this concert – this… continued

December 5, 2006

Back in Blue

The MSU Wind Symphony concert was particularly good this past Sunday. “Blink!” went really well, and sounded leagues better in the hall than it had in the rehearsal room (and also because I was actually sitting in front of the ensemble this time). The ending is a gorgeous, unexpected wash of sound, and is probably… continued

December 2, 2006

Blink!

Joel Puckett is the guest composer at Michigan State this weekend, with the Wind Symphony (conducted by fellow composer and DMA grad. student, Jim Colonna) doing his recent work, Blink!, tomorrow. I first met Joel a couple of years ago at the CBDNA convention in New York, and then again briefly at… continued