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Upcoming Performance: Senior Recital!

It’s been a while since I’ve updated this blog with any sort of information mostly because I’ve had so much going on. Currently I’ve been organizing rehearsals and everything for my Senior Recital, which has been quite a task. I’ll be needing 19 musicians on 4 pieces to make the whole event happen, and things are finally coming together. I’ve been fortunate to have such an enthusiastic response from Thornton performance majors because, as of this week, I’ve got performers on every part, and the quality of USC music majors is always stunning.

Here is some info for the upcoming recital:
Saturday, April 6th at 4pm
Ramo Recital Hall, USC

The program for the concert will feature two premieres including my newest completed work, “Pacific Scenes” for brass octet, as well as my septet titled “Music for Strings, Marimba, and Trombones” (hopefully the orchestration is apparent from the title). Other pieces include “Mind the Gap” for solo flute and “Music for Violin, Vibraphone, and Bass Clarinet,” in addition to a recording of the USC Thornton Wind Ensemble playing “Reveries.” The program will last an hour and will be followed by a reception. If you happen to be in the LA area and care to celebrate my four years of undergrad at USC, please feel welcome to attend the recital!

Outside of work preparing this recital, I’ve also been busy working on a new piece and flying around the country interviewing at graduate schools for composition. While I wont discuss the schools I’ve applied to or where I think I’ll end up (I’m in the period of the process where I haven’t heard back from all schools or offers can still change), I will say that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the process of applying to grad schools, no matter how much time it has taken from my already busy schedule. I’ve been fortunate to meet many amazing composers and professors who have all been wonderful hosts to me, as well as incredible young composers similarly applying to grad schools. You can expect to hear from me as soon as early April as to where I’ve decided to attend!

That’s all for this post, check back every so often to see updates on new works, new performances, and new life experiences!

-Dan

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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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MIHS Wind Ensemble Collaboration

The past two months I’ve been working in collaboration with the Mercer Island High School Wind Ensemble writing a piece for them. The piece is almost finished, and I will travel to Seattle to rehearse with the Wind Ensemble in early May. It will be performed on May 21st and 23rd in the Seattle/Western Washington area; I will provide more information as the performances come nearer.