Monday, January 23, 2012

2012 is going to be a busy year!

Hello music lovers! This year has been off to an amazing start!!! The Tad Wind Symphony, conducted by my dear friend and mentor Takayoshi (Tad) Suzuki, premiered my new wind piece Metropolis in Tokyo, Japan on January 14th. According to Tad, it was a great success. Just a day later, my Fanfare Della Vittoria was performed by a high school honor band in Chicago, and conducted by my friend Jeff Maleki.

In February, Metropolis will be premiered in Las Vegas, NV by the Desert Springs Wind Ensemble, conducted by Charles Maguire. Tickets are $5, and can be purchased here:

Then off to New Mexico March 12 for the NMSU Symphonic Winds concert featuring both Metropolis and Fanfare Della Vittoria.

In April, Dr. James Shearer will be premiering a piece he commissioned from me for tuba and string quartet. Cauterizing the Soul will be performed along with my other work Two Movements for String Quartet.

It is not set in stone yet, but looks like Metropolis could be under review at UCLA. Patrick Sheridan, tubist extraordinaire and conductor of the UCLA Wind Ensemble is considering it for a concert either in the spring or fall. Keep your fingers crossed.-
There are other commissions in the works including a six-mallet marimba and choir piece, and a rewriting for my Mad Hatter Suite for wind ensemble. that one will see a premiere in Chicago in December, and performed by the St. Xavier University Wind Ensemble. I will keep you posted on dates, times, and keep checking here for recordings and videos. This is going to be an exciting year indeed!!!