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October 13, 2009

From Michigan to Miami

Catching up…Had a great trip to Michigan for the Univ. Michigan Symphony Band’s performance of Ecstatic Waters. Hill Auditorium makes the electronics crystal clear – it was easy (to my ears) to pick out the acoustic vs. the electronics elements, which made the blending more difficult than usual. The band did a great job,… continued

October 1, 2009

In Ann Arbor

Arrived in Ann Arbor, MI today for the Univ. Michigan’s upcoming performance of Ecstatic Waters. Tomorrow I give a seminar, then we do the dress rehearsal in the evening. The group will sound fantastic – can’t wait to hear them in Hill Auditorium: Friday night (8pm; pre-concert lecture at 7:15).Saturday, we’re off to the… continued

September 28, 2009

UMKC wrap-up

Some observations from last week at UMKC:1) The band is HOT. The 7 horns in the back row sounded like they were in my lap…and I liked it. It was a fantastic performance, and I can’t thank conductor Steve Davis, and his TAs Hayes Bunch and Michelle Van Unen enough for inviting me out and… continued

September 16, 2009

The Fall Schedule

Lots of performances coming up, and I’m happy to say I’ll be at a number of them. The madness begins this coming Tuesday, as I make my very first trip to Kansas City (eager for BBQ – I’ve been to Memphis many times, lived in Austin, now live in NC, so KC is the last… continued

September 11, 2009

Durham, NC – The Triangle

Verena and I are now happy residents of Durham, NC. We’ve finally gotten unpacked and are moved in – no more climbing around boxes and eating at the kitchen bar. She’s in full swing with the Duke University Wind Symphony, preparing for their first concert on October 1st, and I’m preparing for an academic… continued

July 28, 2009

I’ve long had links to my teachers’ sites on my links page, but until now, John Corigliano’s was simply a link to the Schirmer site. That’s finally been rectified: is up!BTW, the opening splash music is a fragment from his Altered States soundtrack. This might still be my favorite of all… continued

July 22, 2009

WYWOP 2009

Had yet another great week in Schladming, Austria, at Mid Europe 2009. The World Youth Wind Orchestra Project, or WYWOP, gave a great concert this past Saturday night to close the festival. The concert was shared among four conductors: Gary Green from the Univ. of Miami, Joseph Horovitz from Great Britain, Johann… continued

July 13, 2009

WASBE to MidEurope

UNT’s performance of Ecstatic Waters at WASBE was a big success. This is the first time I’ve heard it in performance without running the electronics (did some rehearsals at OSU where I got to listen, but not the performance), and WOW is it exhausting to listen to – in a good way. The group… continued

July 9, 2009

The Big Day at WASBE

Been in Cincinnati the past few days doing run-out concerts with the UNT Wind Symphony (with a side adventure last night on the way back from Athens, OH, in which the bus broke down on the side of the highway – fun times!). The concerts have been great, though, and I think tonight will be… continued