Tomorrow I leave Wintergreen; Stephen Dembski takes over as composer in residence for the final two weeks. I’ve been concerned about friends and family who have been baking in the heat wave sweeping the country while I sit here enjoying the cool mountain air. Tomorrow I will join them in the oven.
Last night, the Wintergreen Chamber Players performed Furies and Muses in Monticello. It was a lovely evening, made all the more enjoyable because it gave me a chance to catch up with Judith Shatin, an old friend I hadn’t seen since the 20th century, at intermission. Tonight they will perform F&M again in Wintergreen. It’s a big piece; I feel fortunate that it has had so many performances. This one holds a special place in my heart because it’s being played by an all-female band – and what could be more appropriate for a piece about furies and muses?
This afternoon the composers met over lunch with the extraordinary Franko Bozac, visiting from Croatia. He demonstrated his amazing facility with the bayan (check him out on youtube!), showing the students how to get lovely effects like ricochet chords, echoes and even the lowing of a contented calf. The students have now been assigned to write short bayan pieces over the weekend for Monday’s seminar.
Which brings me to a final shout-out to the gifted and inquisitive young composers I’ve had a chance to get to know over the last two weeks. They came from near and far; it’s been a great honor to share in this portion of their artistic journeys.
l to r: Neil Quillen, Nicholas Landrum, Larry Alan Smith, Marc Hoffeditz, William Healy, Matt Primm, Lawrence Dillon, DeLesslin “Roo” George-Warren, Sarah Wald, Bryce Ingmire