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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

May 12, 2006

Fayetteville Band Week 2006, Day 4

The fourth and final day of Band Week 2006 was a great success. I thought the band was completely ‘on,’ and they connected with me throughout Bloom. It was a(nother) satisfying and musical performance, and the audience certainly seemed to dig it! Tyler, who laid down the crucial vibraphone solos at the beginning and… continued

May 10, 2006

Fayetteville Band Week 2006, Day 3

Today is my one day “off” in relative terms – no concert tonight. Went to Ramay Jr. HS this morning to work with Lewis Clark’s group on Bloom. They sound good – in some respects this might be the hardest of the three pieces happening this week (it has fewer exposed moments than “Dusk,”… continued

May 10, 2006

Fayetteville Band Week 2006, Day 2b (The Concert)

Didn’t manage to post after the concert last night, but it went quite well. I took “Dusk” a little slower than we had been in rehearsal, and the band followed me wonderfully. The climax was really satisfying and powerful! I need to study the score to “Bloom” for rehearsal this morning, so I’ll just offer… continued

May 9, 2006

Fayetteville Band Week 2006, Day 2

This morning I went to the high school rehearsal again (8:30, on the tail end of a powerful lightning and thunderstorm – some crazy lightning arcing through the mountains on my drive to rehearsal – I loved it).We only had time for a single run-through, which is all I wanted to do anyway – they… continued