Yesterday afternoon I had the privilege of spending a couple of hours with 9 students enrolled in the visual, theater and dance programs at the Creative Arts Academy here in Syracuse. Given as part of a Meet the Composer grant I've received, it was exciting to spend time with these talented young artists and performers. … Continue reading A Great Workshop!
Yesterday, my friend Chris Cresswell had the premiere of his Nocturne No. 1 for Orchestra. This is a work originally written as a piano solo and performed by Rhimmon Simchy-Gross at the Rising Stars concert at last year's Cazenovia Counterpoint Festival. The original work was beautiful, and between Chris' compositional skills and Rhimmon's talent as … Continue reading My Friend Writes Beautiful Music!
Often, when I give you a post about a performance, I'll include a photo for you. Especially during Cazenovia Counterpoint. But not today. I was far too busy up on stage with my fellow musicians! Samba Laranja is the Brazilian Ensemble at Syracuse University, and during the school year we have anywhere from 35 to … Continue reading Get Up And Dance!
First and foremost, a huge CONGRATULATIONS to my friend Chris Cresswell for a great concert. This was Chris' degree recital, and he put together an outstanding program. The music was wonderful, the performers did a great job, and the program flowed very well. I could rave about each piece on the concert, but I want … Continue reading THAT’S How to Perform Electronic Music!
So, my last week has included the following: Staffing the Society for New Music booth at the Solvay High School Career Fair, (thanks for the company, Paola); A performance by Samba Laranja at Cayuga Community College; Traveling from Central New York to Pennsylvania (just south of Philadelphia) to hear a talented young cellist, Kaylee Black, … Continue reading Hi-Ho, The Travelling Life
The West Genesee Middle School 8th Grade Band had their concert last night (combined with the WG High School Symphonic Band). Wow Oh Wow! The students did a fantastic job with the premiere! This has been a challenge for them. In order for them to get a clear idea of the composition process, they had … Continue reading Many Thanks for a Great Premiere!
Throughout the discussions on how to cut spending, and threats to cut arts funding significantly (or even in its entirety), as artists we try extremely hard to show how truly valuable the arts are, how they add value to our communities. In the midst of this, a duo of talented women is making a very … Continue reading Music That Gives Back