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April 11, 2007

Off to St. Charles East HS

I’m off to St. Charles, IL, where Jim Kull and the STCE HS Wind Ensemble will perform Radiant Joy and Bloom. I get to conduct the latter (which reminds me, I need to pack my baton and score…).Looks like a fun 5-hour drive through snow and rain to the Chicago area tomorrow. Looking… continued

April 8, 2007

For Sale: PowerMacintosh Quad G5, PowerBook, etc.

FOR SALE: Most of my computer / music studio gear. I’m going totally portable with a new MacBook Pro, and cleaning house in the process. If you’re looking to build a powerful music studio, this is your ticket. I hate to let this stuff go – this is the gear I’ve used for years to… continued

March 26, 2007

John Corigliano @ Midwest 2006

I never got around to the Midwest recap post, and since I’m supposed to be doing my taxes right now, this is as good a time as any. Eric didn’t make it out this year – first time he’s missed in something like 11 years (or was it 13?). Definitely wasn’t the same without him… continued

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