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Thursday, December 22, 2005

At long last, the Midwest Clinic 2005 BCM Booth-stravaganza...in PICTURES!

Tuesday night, Newman had the performance of his Metropolitan by Allen Tinkham and the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra. They did a fine job with the piece, doing their best to overcome the craptacular acoustics of a hotel ballroom. Unfortunately, I didn't get any pics - check John Mackey's blog for pics and more Midwest goodies.

Wednesday morning, it begins...the indispensable Daniel Montoya and the great and wise Newman head out of the hotel room down to hallowed booth number 325 at 8:15am to finish setting up...

Here they are just after finishing, waiting for the first customers:

Newm shows BCM friend Daniel Pittman the latest works:

Newm and BCM guru, Milt Allen, reach a higher plane of existence:

This year it's a bit more fragmented, since Jim can't take any time off work until Friday morning, and Eric's not arriving until Wed. night (after several hours of delays due to snow). Fortunately, Daniel's lovely and vivacious girlfriend, Sarah, arrives on the scene, and the two of them save the day, allowing me and Newm to escape for a few minutes respite.

After a successful first day, Jonathan and John Mackey head out to dinner with Rick Clary, while Daniel, Sarah, and I join Jim and Peter Toews (director at Mountain View High School in Loveland, CO, and commissioner of Jim's new work, Sticks and Stones), and a gaggle of the students from the band, for dinner at Giordano's. Mmm...3-inch-thick pizza. More details on all this here.

That evening...

BCM aficionado Amy, Aussie Jess, and the indestructible Dave:

Licensing guru Jeni and Aussie Jess:

The lovely Verena and her 'coffee':

Dan rests his eyes:

Eric in a moment of heartfelt conversation:

So ended Day 1...

Day 2 saw arrival of Eric at the booth, bringing us to 75%:

Jonathan and Steve with St. Charles East High School director, and BCM devotee, Jim Kull:

Eric talks to Eric Beave and the man who organized the October commission, Brian Anderson:

Daniel and Sarah putting on their happy faces... "We LOVE sitting at the booth for 8 hours straight, really, we do!" :)

John Lynch, Amy Knopps, and Eric mugging for the camera:

BCM Forum celebrities Montoya and Nevsky giving their approval:

That evening, I have the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony performance of my piece Dusk, and then rush over to join the in-progress dinner with Hal Leonard cohort and guru, Bruce Bush, and a dangerous crowd at Extra Virgin:

More festivities ensued at the bar in the Hilton - here's Eric and Tad Suzuki navigating the depths of musical interpretation:

Daniel asks Santa Whitacre for a signed Lux Aurumque score for Christmas (using the curious tongue-based language he's developed), while Sarah looks on in amusement:

Day 2 ended at some point after that...don't recall the exact time...

Day 3, aka Friday, aka "I'm Not Sure I Can Make It Through Another Day Of This," followed much the same course. This morning also finally saw the appearance of the missing man, Jim Bonney:

Daniel and Eric stare meaningfully off into space...at nothing:

Eric takes a break, checks the BCM Forum. That's his normal expression during this activity.

That evening, we all check out the Duncanville High School performance of his new "Lux Aurumque" (which is pronounced approximately as follows: "Lukes Uh-room-kweh"), then we once again frequent the bar in the Hilton.

Daniel and Newman in a mind-meld:

The evening continues onward into the late hours, with a final stop at George's across the street, but that's beyond pictures or description (especially since I took the "safety-boy" route and passed out).

On Saturday, we see Eric and Sarah off, then head over to Jim and Nicki's apartment for some recovery time. Just to spite Jim, who once complained about blogging about your cat, I've included a picture of their cat, Sam:

I think the cat is pretty darn interesting...

Thus, another Midwest winds down, and collective amnesia, required to allow us to repeat this madness next year, begins to set in... 

Sunday, December 18, 2005

We're all back and beginning the journey of recuperation. Here's a pic of the four of us on Friday morning (which was the only time all of us could be there at the same time, this year, unfortunately):

Friday morning, December 16th, 2005.

A full recap and many more pictures to come in the near future...


Friday, December 16, 2005

Apologies for the missed blogging - nonstop frenzy of band action here at the Midwest Clinic. We're about to begin the final day at the booth. I'll post some pics when I return home this weekend - I forgot my camera cable, so I can't upload them at the moment. Special shout out to Montoya and his significantly better half Sarah for all their help this week - would've been an impossible task without them this year!

Full details of the week will be forthcoming. I'll probably make Newman take care of that...I need sleep... 

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

We've stayed out waaaay too late this evening, so this will be short. Newman had his performance of Metropolitan tonight with the CYSO, which went quite well, I thought, even though it was in a ballroom and the acoustics are perfectly awful. Congrats to Newm, and it's great to be back in Chicago. The booths open tomorrrow morning, so we get to start bright and early. We have Daniel Montoya on board this year, which will help mightily.

No pictures yet - too busy running around getting last minute stuff for the booth and eating fantastic hot wings... 

Tuesday, December 13, 2005


-- All four composers will be in Chicago this week, frequenting our usual booth, #325 (across from TRN and GIA). Stop by to hear new works, peruse scores and audio, browse CDs, and greet the composers.

-- The Chicago Youth Symphony opens their program with Jonathan's METROPOLITAN, Tuesday the 13th at 7:45 pm.

-- Steve's DUSK will enjoy a performance from the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony on Thursday the 15th at 7:30 pm.

-- Duncanville High School performs Eric's new work LUX AURUMQUE, Friday the 16th at 9:00 pm, composer conducting.

We look forward to seeing you in Chicago!