Just
finishing  up a week-long residency in
Minnesota, with activities primarily centered in the Bands program at the
University of Minnesota School of Music.


Rehearsals
have been ongoing for two  good-size  pieces, one for symphonic band and the other
for large wind ensemble.

 

In
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
and  Minnesota.

 

Tomorrow
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

         “Minnesota Nice!”

   

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