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Monthly Archives: February 2008

GA-TX redux


My head is still buzzing from last week’s whirlwind tour of Georgia and East Texas. In Atlanta, it was the premiere of the Concertino, with the Georgia State Chamber Winds, Robert Ambrose conducting, and the fabulous Sarah Kruser Ambrose as the flute soloist. I was a wreck in the first rehearsals – but eventually settled [...]


3 performances this week at the CBDNA Regional hosted by UMKC and 2 at the CBDNA Southern Regional at Coloumbus State. In Kansas City, the Oklahoma University Wind Symphony performs As the scent of spring rain…, the Texas A&M-Commerce; Wind Ensemble premieres My Hands Are a City, and the Texas State Wind Symphony plays Moon [...]



The next two weeks are huge. Tomorrow I go to Atlanta to rehearse and then premiere the Concertino, with the Ambroses (Robert and Sarah) at the SCI conference GSU is hosting, and while I’m down there I’ll pop over to Athens to rehearse My Hands Are a City (the new big piece) with co-commissioner University [...]


Tomorrow I go to Atlanta for Thursday’s World Premiere at the Society of Composers Conference of my Concertino for flute solo, chamber winds, and piano, with Robert Ambrose conducting the Georgia State University Wind Ensemble with Sarah Kruser Ambrose, flute soloist. Immediately afterward I head to Dallas for the Commerce Wind Ensemble’s World Premiere of [...]


New Work: My Hands Are a City, a movement for large wind ensemble, celebrating Beat Generation themes, and expanding on my short work The Rivers of Bowery. MHAaC premieres begin in 7 days at Texas A&M-Commerce;, Eastern Illinois University, University of Georgia, and the CBDNA Southwestern Regional Conference in Kansas City.



In anticipation for his World Premiere performance next Sunday of My Hands Are a City, Dr. Jeff Gershman of Texas A&M-Commerce asked all the composers on his program for an answer to the following question: Has the vernacular music of the United States had any influence on your works or development as a composer? Here’s [...]

Newman? Newman?


Been waking up each morning, anxiously checking your blogs, only to find the same stale dated entries staring at you each morning from your favorite for almost two months? Thought as much. Funny story. Turns out, I can’t actually multi-task. Better Half has been pointing this out for years, but let me explain so that [...]