New recording posted

I’ve posted a recording of “Monument,” the first movement from my in-progress Sinfonia, on my MySpace page. It was read earlier this week by the UMKC Conservatory Orchestra, who performed it admirably (the recording is spliced together from various takes done over the course of a mere 20 minutes–the first time the orchestra saw the music!). Many thanks to the orchestra and to Brandon K. Brown for his conducting work.

Movements 2 though 4 are in the works, and the whole Sinfonia should be completed in the spring.

De Profundis @ SCI 2008 [updated]

De Profundis has been selected for performance at the 2008 SCI Student National Conference, held October 10 and 11 at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

It is tentatively programmed for Saturday (the 11th) at 8pm. I’ll post updates if there are changes, and probably also when the time is closer.

UPDATE, 4 October: Click here for the homepage for the conference, including a schedule of events and such.

De Profundis premiere

Rehearsals have been underway for the past week and a half, and De Profundis is starting to sound like an actual piece of music (!) — encouraging. I have received several comments about the impressiveness of having actually corralled fifteen people into one room in order to make it happen, but better yet I’ve gotten comments from several performers about how much they like the piece. It is very difficult, so these comments are that much more appreciated when I know performers are sweating over some sections.

So I invite you who are nearby to the premiere this coming Monday, April 7, at 8pm. The performance will be in Sursa Hall at Ball State University as the opening of the Student Composers Forum. Given the distance and the Monday-ness of the concert, I don’t imagine I’ll see many (or any) people from out of town, but I will have a recording of the concert, and with luck also a video to share.

Because I’ve been asked by a couple of people about the meaning of it all, I’ve pasted my program notes for De Profundis below. Enjoy.

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