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August 13, 2006

Back in the US

Beethoven’s grave in the Zentralfriedhof, in Vienna:I’m finally back in the US after an extended and spectacular stay in Austria and surrounding countries. Too much to describe in this post, but it was truly phenomenal. I’m going back next summer.Flying back last Thursday was less spectacular (though I did get a free upgrade to Business… continued

July 16, 2006

Mid Europe 2006, Schladming, Austria

We just finished our week at Mid Europe 2006, and I have way too many pictures and not enough time to really cover everything so far. The short of it: Austria is stunning. Schladming exceeds the ability of my camera to capture it. Mid Europe is a blast.For all my new friends in the WYWOP,… continued

July 2, 2006

to Austria and beyond

I’ve been neck-deep in this new piece for Jack Stamp‘s wind ensemble at IUP, thus the lack of timely blogging. The piece will be a 4-5 minute opener, and so far feels very bright and shiny in character. The premiere is October 17th, so I have a little time, but I’m heading to… continued

June 6, 2006

Alchemy premiere in pictures

Belatedly, a few pics from the premiere…I neglected to get a good daylight shot of the poster outside Alice Tully Hall, but my host, Tina Gonzalez, managed to nab one. Crazy, huh? My name seems so… vanilla… in that context. I should change it to something cool, like Mozartoslawski.I don’t have any pictures from the… continued

June 2, 2006

Alchemy in Silent Spaces for symphony orchestra

I’m finally back from New York, and have the time and internet access to post. Unfortunately, blogger is misbehaving right now, and keeps losing the connection, so I’m going to post the recording for now and deal with pictures later. It’s a single file containing all three movements, so it’s a bit large.Now, before you… continued

May 26, 2006


The premiere last night was extraordinary. The orchestra was fantastic. I am indebted to Maestro DePreist for asking me to write this, for programming it, and most of all for bringing it to life last night.Pictures and such coming soon.

May 24, 2006

Alchemy update

Had two rehearsals – yesterday and this morning, and it’s really coming together. The second movement still needs a little more passion and intensity, but the first and third are sounding fantastic. We have the dress rehearsal tomorrow morning in Alice Tully Hall, and I think that will give them time to pull the final… continued

May 19, 2006

North Little Rock High School / Ron Bryant Memorial Scholarship Fund

Last Thursday night (May 11th), the North Little Rock HS Band, under the direction of Bill Spainhour, held their final concert of the year. This is also the occasion in the past when they would award the Ron Bryant Scholarship to two deserving graduating seniors from the band. Since my father’s passing last Fall, this… continued

May 15, 2006

Fayetteville Band Week – more pics

As promised, I’ve got a few more pics from the week to share:Brett Lawson, myself, and Lewis Clark. Lew is the director at Ramay Jr. HS, and this is backstage at their concert last Thursday night, when they performed “Bloom.”I was sitting backstage just before the Ramay band went on, and I suddenly found myself… continued