I'm very excited to announce the release of a new CD on the Naxos label, featuring my work "Lauda," recorded by the Illinois State University Wind Symphony! The CD features works by living composers, conducted by Daniel A. Belongia. Listen to and download the recording on iTunes and Naxos. The CD is also available from retailers.
The Bob Jones Symphonic Wind Band is the featured college ensemble this year at the South Carolina Music Educator's Conference and they will be including Lauda on their concert at 2pm! The Symphonic Wind Band is conducted by Dr. Dan Turner. Best wishes for a great performance at the conference!
Tomorrow, February 5th, 2013, the Mercer Island High School Wind Ensemble will perform the first movement of Lauda at the Pacific Northwest Invitational Wind Band Festival. The Festival will be held at Meany Hall, The University of Washington. Thank you to Mercer Island High School for including Lauda on their program, and best of luck to them at this festival! Find out more about the Mercer Island High School Wind Ensemble here, and the Pacific Northwest Invitational Wind Band Festival here.
Slight correction from my last post: The World Youth Wind Symphony was the ensemble that performed Lauda at Interlochen under the baton of Gary Green. You can watch the wonderful video recording of the performance below. These are some very talented young people (high school students) who played my piece (and the whole concert) beautifully. Thanks to the World Youth Wind Symphony, Gary Green, and Interlochen! Bravo!
My wind ensemble work Lauda will be performed tomorrow, Saturday July 14th by the Interlochen Symphony Band conducted by the incomparable Gary Green. Interlochen will be streaming live video of the concert at the link below. Check it out if you can! Who: Interlochen Symphony Band conducted by Gary Green When: Saturday July 14, 2012 - 7:00pm Where: Kresge Auditorium, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Interlochen, Michigan Webcast: Live video streaming here
Lauda will be performed by the Texas Tech University Concert Band, directed by Duane Hill on Monday May 7th at 8pm. They are doing a really interesting program called "The Great Outdoors" and students in the ensemble have prepared visual slide shows and videos to play along with the music - very cool! Best wishes for a great performance! When: Monday May 7th, 8:00pm Where: Hemmle Recital Hall, Texas Tech University
Dr. Mark Walker, Director of Bands at Troy University in Troy, Alabama leads a performance tomorrow, March 6, of Lauda. Lauda was also recently performed by Gary Green and the University of Miami Wind Ensemble on February 27, and the Bethel College Wind Ensemble at KMEA on February 23rd. Best wishes to the Troy University Symphony Band for a great performance tomorrow!
Couldn't resist that title. Anyway, yes, I am back home after a wonderful trip to KMEA in Wichita, KS. I flew in Thursday and just barely missed the Bethel College Wind Ensemble's performance of Lauda! Ahhrrrrg! However, everyone I talked to raved about the Bethel Wind Ensemble, so I'm very happy for them and congratulate them on what sounds like a fantastic performance. My hat goes off to my good friend Timothy Shade who not only conducted that fine ensemble, but also played euphonium, trombone, and ran 2 clinics at the conference! He is an inspiring musician, full of love and passion for music, and I really enjoy working with him. I also had a great time visiting with Tim's wife Gabby, Adrian Sandi (1st clarinet in the Wichita Symphony and a friend from ESM) and composer Derek Jenkins. Derek, Tim, and I presented a clinic Friday morning on composing and commissioning, and here is a link to a handout I put together on the subject.
It was also great to meet new friends and colleagues and I look forward to some exciting new projects in the future. Hopefully I will be back to KMEA soon!
I announced a few weeks ago that Lauda will be performed at the Kansas Music Educators Association Workshop in February 2012 in Wichita, KS by the Bethel College Wind Ensemble, under the direction of my good friend Timothy Shade. Here is an article in the Bethel College News with some more information on the program. I will be at KMEA for the performance - hope to see you there!