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News and Performances

The music that I have chosen for my news page is the second movement from my brass quintet,

Desert Light. Click on the arrow to hear it if it's not already playing.

Mirage from Desert Light - New Mexico Brass
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2024 SPRING  EVENTS

March 3: Bassoon soloist Jason Caron will perform my gnomic concerto titled Guignol with the Boston-based  Metropolitan Wind Symphony conducted by Rick Wyman. The concert will be at 3 pm in the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum in Lexington, Massachusetts. Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for seniors and $5 for students.

March 7: Trumpeter Ryan Sharp will perform Evensong with the University of Central Oklahoma's Wind Symphony under the direction of Brian Lamb. The concert will be at 7:30 pm in the Mitchell Hall Theatre on the Edmund campus. Tickets are $15, $10 for seniors and $5 for students. Also on the program is music by Ticheli, Maslanka, Gershwin and a premiere of a piece by Chris Prather.

March 7: Trumpeter Russ Johnson will perform Evensong with the University of Wisconsin's Parkside Community Band at 7 pm in Bedford Hall on the Parkside campus. It's wonderful that the trumpet community has taken this piece into their repertoire.

March 23: My Six Romances After Mendelssohn for ten wind instruments will be featured on a recital conducted by Michelle Styles, a graduate student at the University of Manitoba. The free recital will be at 3 pm in the Taché Arts Complex on the Winnipeg campus. 

March 23: Trumpeter soloist Phil Snedecor will perform Evensong with the Hartt Wind Ensemble conducted by James Jackson at 7:30 pm in the Lincoln Theater on the campus of the University of Hartford. The free concert will be live streamed.

April 1-3: I will return to New London, Connecticut for rehearsals and recording session with US Coast Guard Band. The band's harpist, Megan Sesma, will be the featured soloist in my work titled Spring Rain. Megan commissioned the piece and premiered it last October with the USCGB.

April 9 - 10: The US Coast Guard Band will record my Rossiniana, an arrangement for woodwind octet of four piano pieces from the collection of Rossini's later works titled Sins of Old Age.

April 22: The Utah Valley University Wind Symphony under the direction of Chris Ramos will perform my Stone Colors: Three Desert Images at 7 pm in UVU Concert Hall on the Orem campus. Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for youth admission.

April 27: A special memorial concert in honor of my great friend and constant collaborator, conductor Glen Adsit, will take place at 7:00 pm in the Lincoln Theater on the campus of the University of Hartford where Glen served as Director of Bands from 2000 until his death in January of this year. I am honored to have  saxophonist Carrie Koffman (Glen's former wife) perform my Evensong with the Hartt Wind Ensemble under the direction of James Jackson. 

May 3: In January I served as a judge for the Robert Avalon International Competition for Composers. The winning compositions will be performed at 7:30 pm at Match (3400 Main Street) in Houston, Texas by musicians from the Houston Symphony. The gracious sponsors of the competition have included one of my pieces on the program. My Fantasy Variation on a Theme of Belá Bartok for oboe and string quartet will feat oboist Anne Leek. The concert is free, but donations will be accepted at the door.

May 17: I will be in the beautiful city of Prague, Czechia for a recording session with the Belfiato Wind Quintet who will play my Five American Portraits for Five Wind Instruments. The recording will be featured on a CD of American wind music to be released by Parma Records in 2025.

June 6: The Wind Ensemble of the University of California at San Diego will perform my largest and most difficult wind piece, the Concerto for Winds and Percussion, on a concert at 7:30 pm  in Manderville Auditorium. Michael Jones will conduct. The concert will be streamed at: http://music.ucsd.edu/live

Belfiato Wind Quintet 

records "Five American Portraits"

in Prague, Czechia

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I traveled to Prague, Czechia in May for a recording session with the Belfiato wind quintet which is making a compilation CD of new American works for Parma Records. The group recorded an older work of mine, the Five American Portraits for Five Wind Instruments from 1987. The virtuosity of these players is amazing, and producer Jan Kosulic was perfectly in sync with the musicians. Our recording studio was an old church in Prague with beautiful acoustics.  A video to accompany the studio recording will also be produced. The CD should drop in 2025.

"Spring Rain" premiered by harpist Megan Sesma and the US Coast Guard Band.

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Harp virtuoso Megan Sesma premiered my piece for solo harp and band , titled Spring Rain, with the United States Coast Guard Band on October 15, 2023 in a concert in Leamy Hall on the New London, Connecticut campus of the US Coast Guard Academy. Commander Adam Williamson conducted. Sesma commissioned the piece and worked closely with me on editing the solo harp part. The work was recording on April 3, 2024 by the same performers for an upcoming CD and digital release on the Naxos label. The Coast Guard Band will perform the piece in December, 2024 at the Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference in Chicago.

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