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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 played wonderfully (as always), and I had a great time really hanging out with everyone over the past week...

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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 extraordinary. Made a few more small changes (have removed the bassoon mics and used Bassoon 3&4 as live...

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June 30, 2009

WASBE – UNT plays Ecstatic Waters

On Friday, I head down to Denton, TX to work with Eugene Corporon and the Univ. of North Texas Wind Symphony. They're playing Ecstatic Waters next week at the WASBE conference in Cincinnati. The concert is Thursday night, July 9th, at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. In preparation, they're doing concerts on Tuesday (Miami Univ. of OH, Oxford - 7:30pm) and Wednesday (Ohio Univ. - Athens,...

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June 26, 2009

Performance Today – Ecstatic Waters

Earlier this week, I did a short interview with Suzanne Schaffer for Performance Today. They're playing UT's performance of Ecstatic Waters on the show this morning (June 26th), and it will be posted on the website, as well. I believe it will be on Hour 2 of the show. Woohoo!!

If you're coming to this page because you heard it on the show, welcome! If you want to hear the work again, it's...

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June 18, 2009

Dusk at Disney Hall

Apparently Westlake HS is playing Dusk sometime around now at Disney Hall tonight. I had no idea, but ... COOL. Props to John Mackey for the heads-up.

Much more catching up to do : New York was great. MAYWE played their hearts out in Carnegie, and it was great to work with them and their fearless leaders, Robert Ambrose and Laura Moates Stanley. I sincerely hope I can come down to Atlanta and...

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May 30, 2009

Return to New York

I head back to NYC tomorrow morning for the first time in three years - eager to see the place, especially the transformation of Juilliard. I'll be in town for the Metropolitan Atlanta Youth Wind Ensemble's performance of Dusk under Robert Ambrose, who will also be performing some Newman on the same concert. Oh, it's at Carnegie Hall - forgot to mention that - always nice to have a...

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May 8, 2009

Grade 3 for Band

First things first: the Festival of Winds honor band students this past weekend in Conway were great, and joyfully endured an all-day grueling rehearsal schedule, followed by a great concert that night. Several of them had even stayed up the entire night before for Prom, and still performed admirably. It was quite an experience for me, too - I'd never done a full honor band, conducting...

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April 17, 2009

Ecstatic Waters, edited mp3

I've just posted an edited mp3 of UT's performance of Ecstatic Waters at CBDNA. The biggest difference is the electronics - the recording didn't capture the electronic tracks very well because of the mic placement. I've layered in the original electronics, so they're much more present and clear - this is a better representation of how it sounded in the hall. If you downloaded the original...

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April 3, 2009

Ecstatic Waters CBDNA mp3

I've posted the entire performance from last week's CBDNA conference. It's one, 25Mb mp3 download. The link will pull the entire file to your computer, and then you can open it in iTunes, or whatever program you use to listen to mp3s. I haven't edited it at all. NOTE: Because of the mic placement to record the ensemble, they didn't pick up the electronics as loudly as they actually were in...

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March 31, 2009

Axis Mundi mp3

The world premiere performance of Axis Mundi by the JWECC 2009 Festival band is now posted on the Axis Mundi page, along with a perusal PDF score. This file will download a single mp3 - it won't play in your browser. The first movement is very quiet, for a very long time - I recommend good headphones and a quiet listening environment.

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March 31, 2009

Ecstatic Aftermath

Last Friday night's performance of Ecstatic Waters by UT at CBDNA was fantastic. I haven't written anything before now because 1) I'm exhausted, and 2) I don't really know what to say, beyond that it was fantastic, and part of an amazing week of music. Verena's transcription of Corigliano's Mr. Tambourine Man was stunning, in no small part because of soprano Hila Plitmann. The Michigan State...

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