Too much to talk about today, and too little time. Tonight the NCSA Wind Ensemble will premiere my Blown Away, which I wrote about here. Unfortunately, I won’t be there to hear it, because I’m heading up to Boston to premiere my Processional for flute and piano with my wife, flutist Rebecca Nussbaum, at Tufts University’s Goddard Chapel on Sunday.

Rebecca Nussbaum

Wednesday night I heard a Jerry Bowles Birthday Concert — well, at least it was in North Carolina, included some Shostakovich and a premiere — but no fried chicken or Puligny Montrachet. The program featured Russian pianist Denis Plutalov playing Shostakovich preludes and fugues, Liszt’s antepostmodern Variations on a Theme of J.S. Bach, and the premiere of the four-movement version of William Robert Stevens’s Insomnia. Hope we didn’t keep you up all night, Jerry.

But I really want to talk about the concert I heard last night. The Carolina Chamber Symphony played at Wake Forest University’s Brendle Hall, an amazing program of Beethoven, Barber and Russell Peck.

Unfortunately, I’ve got a plane to catch, so it will have to wait.

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