Thornton Wind Ensemble sight-reading and Upcoming Trio Performance

I guess updating this blog has been harder than I imagined due to an increasingly busy semester, but I thought I’d drop by and mention some cool projects that I’ve been working on!

My piece Reveries for Wind Ensemble was chosen to be sight-read and recorded by the USC Thornton Wind Ensemble in their new series, “New Music for Wind Ensemble.” On Monday, October 1st, the piece was rehearsed and recorded in a brief 12 minute session run by USC Professor Sharon Lavery. For the brevity of the session, I was very happy with the performance and will likely be posting the recording soon! (I have not yet heard the recording myself but plan to piece it together in the next week).

In other exciting news, I’ve been working with 3 very talented musicians in preparing my Music for Violin, Vibraphone, and Bass Clarinet for an upcoming November 11th performance. Composed in the Spring of 2011, this will be the work’s official world premiere. The concert will be at 3pm on Sunday, November 11th at the Alfred Newman Recital Hall on USC’s campus; come see the piece in person if you are in town and available!

Besides these two amazing performance opportunities, I’ve been busy at work scouting grad schools and preparing applications, as well as trying to finish up a new work for brass octet. The original plan was to add two brief interludes to my already existing Pacific Suite for Brass Octet, but these new movements have taken a life of their own. Making use of one or two of the original movements, the two movements I worked on over the summer, as well as the longer movement I am working on now, this piece will be an entirely new artistic venture into more complex writing for brass octet.

At this point I seem to have exhausted all of my musical and work related ramblings. Let’s hope the Trojans can get their act together and beat Oregon this upcoming weekend to keep our Rose Bowl hopes alive!

-Dan

 

 

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