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Radiant Joy followup

October 31, 2006 Uncategorized

I’m way behind. Let’s jump in:

Here are the long-ago promised pictures from the Radiant Joy premiere. I didn’t take many this time. Here, I’m flanked by my posse, the powerhouse duo of Jack Stamp and Jason Worzbyt, who lead the bands program at IUP:

And here’s my stalker, Vinnie, who played piano on the premiere of RedLine at Rowan earlier this year, and now played flute on the premiere of Radiant Joy. I think he should continue to seek out every group who’s premiering a piece of mine, and play a different instrument with each. That’s not too much to ask, right?

And of course, if you’re curious about the actual piece itself, have a listen…

Radiant Joy World Premiere, IUP WInd Ensemble, Jack Stamp, conductor. 10/15/2006.

I had a great time out in Indiana, PA – perfect fall foliage (including the whirlwind drive back). I made it just in time for BGSU’s preview day performance on Monday (I literally drove into town, straight to the music buildling, illegally parked out front, walked in the door, heard the performance, walked back out the door and drove home). It was a good shakedown for BGSU before their big performance as part of the New Music and Art Festival later that week. On Wed., JN showed up for the Festival, followed by my old buddy and Salamander Studios cohort, JM, on Thursday. Newm has a complete rundown of the festival over at his place, so I’ll just sum up by saying I really dug hearing Wapwallopen again. The Adams/Reich influence really jumped out at me more this time, and it was a lot of fun. Maybe he should arrange it for band. 😉 That night, the BGSU Philharmonia and Wind Ensemble put on the final show of the Festival, including Radiant Joy. I thought the entire evening was quite the concert, on both sides of the aisle, and I was delighted to be a part of it!

I have to run, but before I go, some other items of interest: Loose Id for brass ensemble and drumset is finished – if you’re at Midwest, come to the premiere on Sat. morning, De. 23rd – Sound Inn Brass will knock you flat to the ballroom carpet with their playing. Also, Salamander Studios has a new track almost ready for release, featuring guest artist, Jonathan Newman. Stay tuned…