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!
Something is happening tomorrow that hasn't happened to me before. The West Genesee Middle School Band is premiering a new piece, one that I've been working on with them throughout the school year. If you check out some of my older posts (here and here) you'll get some idea of the fun we've had so … Continue reading Another Premiere! And the title is . . .
The Music: This evening, the Society for New Music in conjunction with SU Symposium presented an evening of outstanding music from three composers with the theme Music of Conflict and Reconciliation. Two of the three composers were in attendance, and the compositions from all three were outstanding. Beginning and ending the concert was the music … Continue reading Music of Conflict and Reconciliation (and a touch of irony)
From initial conversation to final performance, Still Again has been six months in the making. What is Still Again you ask? It is my most recent piece, six months in the writing, that was premiered just yesterday (Oct. 10, 2010) to a gracious audience. So why "150 Years in the Making?" Because the words that … Continue reading 150 Years in the Making
Another afternoon of great music both old and new marked the second Rising Stars concert of the Cazenovia Counterpoint Festival. And, as was to be expected, it was a fantastic afternoon. Tenor Daniel Field (fresh from his performance in the Ugly Duckling last Friday) opened the program with music of Bellini, Samuel Barber, and the … Continue reading Rising Stars, Part Deux
Tuesday night was reserved for a double-header at the Cazenovia Counterpoint Festival. Poet Jerry Mirskin and author Sonja Livingston joined forces, each reading from their newest books, and kept the audience enthralled. First up was Sonja, reading from her memoir, Ghostbread. Each chapter is very short, and reflects a particular memory or moment, and the … Continue reading Writer’s Corner Double-Header a Home Run!