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Friday, May 28, 2004

Today is a big day for premieres:

"Chaos Theory" is having it's Austrian premiere with the Sinfonisches Blasorchester Wimmpassing (Peter Haberfellner, guitar soloist. Otto M. Schwarz, conductor.) -- they're also performing several of Eric's pieces...

... while in Tokyo, Japan, my "Courage & Compassion" and Newman's "... As the scent of spring rain" are having their Japanese premiere with the highly-aclaimed TAD Wind Symphony (Takayoshi Suzuki, conductor)... read more about these concert events and more by clicking on the "The Performances" link over on the left. 

Thursday, May 20, 2004

This morning the American Composer's Orchestra in New York rehearsed HIP+NOW, as part of the 2004 Whitaker New Music Readings. It was very exciting for me to hear my new work for orchestra played through with such professionalism by these fantastic musicians, and I'm hoping this is the beginning of a successful and long life for this piece! My heartfelt thanks to the ACO, and to the guest conductor, Carl St. Clair. 

Chaos Theory at Mountain View High School was WILD on Tuesday night! For starters, they gave me a FULL MARSHALL STACK to play through, and the band was blowing their brains out onstage -- before the piece was even over, the audience was losing their minds -- it sounded like we were at a rock concert! I had a really great time working and hanging with the students -- Peter Toews and Shilo Stroman have an impressive music program going on there. I look forward to my next visit to Loveland, Colorado. Thank you Mountain Viiiiieeeeeeewwwwwwww!!!!

One of the band members knit me this hat!

Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Chaos Theory in St. Charles was T-I-G-H-T! Everyone really rose to the occasion for the performance -- trumpets were flawless, winds played with great nuance, low brass was thundering, and the whole rhythm section was in the pocket. And who was that masked timpanist?!? Never rehearsed with him, but he was DEAD-ON for the performance. Thanks for a great concert, guys! St. Charles rocks!

Rehearsal in St. Charles. Photo courtesy of Community Unit School District 303