finishing up a week-long residency in
Minnesota, with activities primarily centered in the Bands program at the
University of Minnesota School of Music.
have been ongoing for two good-size pieces, one for symphonic band and the other
for large wind ensemble.
early March the Symphonic Band, led by Jerry Luckhardt, will perform “Israeli
Rhapsody”. It was commissioned by the
Kaplan Foundation in 2007 and has been already perform by collegiate
honor/all-state bands in Virginia
night, Feb. 9th, brings the
regional premiere of CONCERTO for Piano
and Wind Orchestra ‘Solar Traveller’.
Piano soloist Timothy Lovelace
will be partnered by the legendary Craig Kirchhoff directing the University of Minnesota Wind Ensemble.
The preliminaries included separate
seminars for the graduate Conductors,
this evening’s lecture for the
Composition program, and a Thursday morning session for the Piano Division centered on the CONCERTO.
Minnesota Public Radio has posted a
segment of an interview on the piece I did with classical director Steve
Staruch; this includes excerpts from the
piece as well as the interview in streamed form, along with other info on the piece and the
regional premiere. (
Accessed at classicalmpr.org )
~~ The weather in Minneapolis this last week
has been a perfect incarnation of