It is with great pleasure, surprise, and a smidgen of disbelief, that I announce that Suite Dreams has won the 2008 National Band Association / William D. Revelli Compostion Contest!
I’m in Chicago this week for the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. On Wednesday, at 1:00pm, the Penn High School Symphonic Band will be performing Radiant Joy. And on Thursday at 11:30am, the Lockport Township High School Wind Symphony will premiere Eric’s Libertas Imperio for symphonic winds and electronics. I’m particularly eager… continued
Zwei Komponisten – ein Ziel“Two Composers – One Goal”Interview with Otto M. Schwarz and myself after our workshop at MidEurope last summer. It’s in German, btw. Unfortunately, you have to register to access it, but for your entertainment, here’s the beginning of the interview run through Google translation.
Finished the new piece, Axis Mundi, for the Japanese Wind Ensemble Conductors Conference this past weekend. The piece is a study in intertwined opposites. Mvt. I, Apatheia, is unvaryingly soft, never rising above a p, and opens with around 80 seconds of solo marimba. Mvt. II, Hêdonê, is the opposite -… continued
I’ve just spent a packed and rewarding two days at CSU here in Fort Collins, Colorado, working with the Wind Ensemble (directed by Steve Moore) and the Symphonic Band (directed by Miller Asbill). The Symphonic Band performed MetaMarch and Rise, and I must say Rise is even harder than I’d thought – especially at the… continued
(posting from a fogged-in Duluth airport, where I await a bus to Minneapolis since my 7am flight (and all flights) in and out of Duluth are not happening…)The remainder of the weekend here in Duluth was great. Saturday (Day 2) the two High School Honor bands rehearsed in the morning, and we gave the concerts… continued
The Ecstatic Waters performance yesterday here at UT went really well. I’m still a bit stunned by it. We had one problem with feedback in the Bassoon mics (same thing that happened at Bowling Green – in the same place I think), which is weird in that it never happened in any rehearsals, but has… continued
Ecstatic Waters will be webcast live from the University of Texas Austin Wind Ensemble concert on Sunday, Oct. 26th.You can listen here (it’s only a LIVE webcast – it will NOT be archived online):http://winds.music.utexas.edu/eventDetails.aspx?id=9525DATE AND TIME:4:00 PM CST, Oct. 26th, 2008
Got back yesterday morning from Bowling Green, and headed straight from the airport to rehearsal at UT for this Sunday’s concert. More about that shortly.It was great to be back in BG – sort of a second home to me after spending a year in residence there, and this was my third time at their… continued