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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 of Georgia, under the direction of the awesome John Lynch. Then I immediately go to Commerce TX for a residency chock-full of rehearsing and premiering MHAaC with lead commissioner Jeff Gershman and the Texas A&M-Commerce Wind Ensemble. A few days after that, even though there a couple performances happening simultaneously at another conference several states away, I go to Kansas City for the CBDNA Southwestern Regional Conference hosted by UMKC, for 3 (THREE) performances of Newman: As the scent of spring rain… with the Univ. of Oklahoma Wind Symphony conducted by William Wakefield, MHAaC with Commerce and Gershman, and Moon by Night with the Texas State University Wind Ensemble conducted by Rodney Schueller. I’m convinced that everyone will leave Kansas City thoroughly sick of Newman, as well as (because they will be so easy to compare sitting next to each other like that) wondering why he writes the same stuff in every piece. After the Newman (I mean CBDNA) Conference I head back to Atlanta, because Maestro Lynch and the UGA ensemble is recording MHAaC for their new Naxos release (!) and I have finagled myself into their sessions. Then, and only then, do I go home. At least until I leave for Boston, Japan, Texas again, and Arizona. But that’s more about the other new piece. As we’ve discussed, I can only deal with one at a time.

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  1. [...] session of “Kingfishers Catch Fire” (on the Naxos label, no less! I’m in good company on that CD) before flying home Sunday [...]

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