I am honored to have my piece "Distrocto" for violin, clarinet, and piano on the ninth annual Colorado Composers Concert at the King Center for the Performing Arts in Denver this evening. The Playground Ensemble, a professional new music ensemble from Denver and the Front Range, will perform the work.
This work was awarded the 2015 Colorado Composers Commission and I'm excited that I will have the chance to work with this group again next year on a brand new piece! As part of the process, I have given lectures and private lessons this week at the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music and Metro State University in Denver.
Thanks to Conrad Kehn for creating and sponsoring such an outstanding event!
My new chamber work "The Charm of Impossibilities" will be premiered tonight at St. John's Lutheran Church here in Fort Collins this evening at 7:30 PM. This piece was commissioned by the Front Range Chamber Players for their 30th anniversary season and is inspired by Messiaen's "Quartour pour la fin du temps" which celebrates its 75th anniversary.
On the East coast, Linda Cionitti and Maila Guiterrez-Springfield will give the regional premiere of Historias y Danzas at Georgia Southern University. Many thanks to their tremendous support of my music over the years!
Tonight the Middle Tennessee State University Wind Ensemble will be premiering my largest wind ensemble piece to date "From the Shaken Tower: Symphony for Percussion and Winds." I'm deeply in debt to Dr. Reed Thomas who is one of the premiere advocates of new music for winds in the world and a truly outstanding musician and composer's dream to work with!
I'm pleased to announce that I have won two Global Music Awards for 2014. "L'oiseau dans l'espace" and "Auto '66: Concerto for Clarinet" were both honored in the competitive general composition category. The GMA's are open to musicians of all types and are dedicated to independent and entrepreneurial artists. Previous winners include Gustavo Dudamel (music director, LA Phil.), Arthur Gottschalk (professor of composition, Rice University), and Austin Wintory (Grammy-nominated film/video game composer).
At long last, I have an excellent video recording of "Two-Lane Blacktop." This was done by the Whitworth University Wind Symphony back in May under the baton of Richard Strauch and it is a magnificent performance!
The chamber version of Auto '66 is being performed today by both Dr. Julia Heinen (professor of clarinet, Cal. State Univ., Northridge) and by Technical Sgt. Ani Berberian and her colleagues in the U.S. Air Force Band in Washington, DC. I'll be stuck in Colorado, but I'm sure both will be great performances!
I'm very excited for two performances at the Southwest CBDNA Regional Conference at the Univesity of Arkansas. First up, the Truman State University Wind Symphony will perform Auto '66 with my friend and former classmate Jesse Krebs as soloist. Then on Friday, the Arkansas State University Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Timothy Oliver will open their program with Two-Lane Blacktop. Plus, I'll be participating in the composer panels on both Thursday and Friday. Looking forward to meeting and working with some great colleagues both old and new!
I'm excited to hear a performance of "Two-Lane Blacktop" by the Luther College Concert Band at the upcoming College Band Directors National Association Regional Conference at Ball State University. The concert takes place on Feb. 27 and I'll be participating in a composer's panel the next day with Pulitzer-Prize Winner Michael Colgrass. Read more at the conference website here.
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