Here you can read about what I've been up to professionally - concerts, presentations, compositions and the like.

Lots going on!

Posted on Mar 11 2007
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Lots of stuff has been going on with me lately! First up, I FINALLY completed the band piece for the Central Michigan Area concert band. That's right, Fanfare and Overture is headed for a Mt. Pleasant premiere on Sunday, April 22nd. If you're in the area, stop by the First Methodist Church and check it out.

Completed pieces include both Cork Pine Suite and Tango Fantasy. I worked like a fiend to get the suite done for the very talented Tuscola Winds, and they are premiering it on Wednesday, March 14th at First Presbyterian on Center Avenue in Bay City. Program starts at 12:15...come say hello! And, while I was originally working with the title of Urban Tango, the way the piece unfolded just didn't seem to be crying out for electronic drums & electric guitar. I ended up composing a much more straightforward piece for flute, alto flute, guitar & minimal percussion. The magnificent Dr. Miller and I joined forces with the delightful Folias duo for the aptly-titled Latin Dance Project, and we premiered Tango Fantasy on February 26th at Albion College. Duo members Carmen Maret and Andrew Bergeron worked incredibly hard on their own compositions and arrangements, and the resultant concert was well-received by the audience. Next up: the same program, March 19th at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids. Curtain is at 8:00pm, and we'd love to see you there.

I flirted with disastrous weather the last weekend of February, heading to Dubuque IA and the Region V conference of the Society of Composers, Inc. I heard TONS of new and innovative music, sat through some in-depth presentations, and delivered one of my own. A Composer's Sketchbook was well-attended on the morning of February 24th, and I barely had time to escape the area before it was buried under more than a foot of snow & ice. Big, BIG kudos to Amy Dunker and everyone at Clarke College for playing gracious and competent hosts; my only regret is that the Albion gig forced me to flee in advance of the storm.

Things will calm down for a little while as Tess & I get ready for the arrival of Roslyn Harding Miller on July 16th. But before that I'll be sending my recent output to C. Alan Publications, where Cort consistently supports me and my efforts by working hard to promote my music. Also, Criss is on deck, and I'd like to have my percussion ensemble tribute to my favorite drummer finished before summer hits. Whew! It's been a hectic but incredibly fulfilling time, and I feel like I can stroll into fatherhood thankful that my Muse has been so gracious to me these last few months. More to come!

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