This will be an amazing few weeks!
Mezzo soprano Shelley Waite will sing the world premiere of “Advent Trilogy” in a concert at the First Baptist Church of Morristown, Tennessee on Sunday evening, March 8th. Thanks to dear friends Mark and Johanna Hostetter for arranging for the invitation and to Dr. Dean Haun, Senior Pastor, and John Greene, Worship Pastor, for believing in the music!
Megumi Kanda will perform the world premiere of Red Dragonfly, Sonata for Trombone and Band with The United States Army Band on March 21 during the American Trombone Festival. She premiered the original version for trombone and piano at the International Trombone Festival in 2013, and when The US Army band asked her to perform with them, she asked me if I thought it would work for band… I said, yes! The concert is free and open to the public, get there early, it will be full.
Professional clarinetist Anna Najoom introduced my 3 movement “New Dancing Shoes” to her fabulous Chicago-based Sapphire Woodwind Quintet, and they have decided to program it for their April 3rd concert in Chicago!
It is thrilling to have such great artists present these compositions. Thanks to all the performers and all the listeners! I hope to have some of these up on YouTube for you all to enjoy soon.
I am honored and delighted to have two of my major works programmed by two wonderful artists at featured recitals at this year’s IWBC!
Dr. Natalie Mannix of Towson University has chosen to perform the first movement of “Red Dragonfly, Sonata for Trombone and Piano.” Thanks for sharing the piece on this international stage!
And Amy McCabe of the US Marine Band will perform the live world premiere of “Journey One, Concerto for Solo Trumpet.” Thanks Amy McCabe, for your courage and vision! http://www.iwbc2014.com/2013/02/12/amy-mccabe/
Thanks to Dr. Marcia LaReau at www.ForwardMotionCareers.com for asking me to write the background music for the end of her inspirational video for job seekers. Click here to listen, the music starts at 3:28. http://forwardmotioncareers.com/employment-process/managing-change-in-the-workplace-hope-2014-2020-part-11/
My sincere thanks go to Dr. Natalie Mannix of Towson University for selecting “Red Dragonfly, Sonata for Trombone and Piano” for your recitals at Towson University and West Virginia University!
While we were disappointed that one of the snowstorms grounded the Dragonfly and cancelled the recital in Towson, I am honored and delighted that Dr. Mannix has chosen to play the first movement on her featured recital at the International Women’s Brass Conference!
Happy New Year!
Wow, 2013 was an amazing year!
Special thanks to Megumi Kanda for her spectacular performance of “Red Dragonfly” Sonata for Trombone and Piano at the International Trombone Festival in Augusta, GA. Her performance inspired many to buy the music, and I know for sure that Professor Jim Bicigo from the University of Alaska – Anchorage performed it on his recital in November. Thanks Jim for that all so important 2nd performance of the piece!
Also, special thanks go to Mark Breutzman and the choir who commissioned and performed “Everybody Everything Praise the Lord” for the 125th anniversary of Emanuel United Church of Christ in Wisconsin. Bravo!
And in 2013, we got this website up and running and received our first orders to purchase printed music and to download recorded music! Thanks to website designer Cindy Emmett for her creativity and skill! Let me know if you would like her contact info, she is great.
Looking forward to 2014 to complete a set of 3 songs for mezzo-soprano Shelley Waite. She saved poetry written by her pastor, Stuart McAlpine, for years, thinking the poems would be great songs. I am blessed to be the one offered the opportunity to set them. There will be 3, based on three men in the Christmas story…Joseph, the Innkeeper, and Simeon. Written for piano and mezzo, the first two are done, the third should be done this year.
2014 opened with our first order from overseas! So, we are quickly updating things on the website to accommodate those orders.
Hoping for a great 2014 for everyone!
“Red Dragonfly” took flight and soared in its world premiere at the International Trombone Festival in Columbus, Georgia in June.
Megumi Kanda, Principal Trombone of the Milwaukee Symphony, and commissioner of the piece, played a spectacular, flawless performance in the world premiere…despite a small incident where, after the dramatic first movement, her water key fell off her slide! Yes, that was, fell off. Thankfully, a trombonist in the audience had the same make of instrument, so he ran and got his slide for her. Megumi invited me to the stage to fill time, so I told the audience about the genesis of the piece. In only a few minutes, the new slide was in place and she was able to continue. After a tender second movement and a joyful final movement, the audience gave her a long and enthusiastic ovation…. a wonderful beginning of a fabulous recital, congratulations and thank you Megumi!
Thanks everyone, for your wonderful comments about the piece! And special thanks go to Dennis Klophaus of Anthem Works Publishing who hosted the music for “Red Dragonfly” at his table. We sold copies to people who live on three continents, so “Red Dragonfly” is going worldwide, thanks to all of you who will be performing it in the future!
Megumi Kanda, principal trombone of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, will premiere “Red Dragonfly” Sonata for Trombone and Piano at the International Trombone Festival in Columbus, Georgia on Wednesday, June 26th! She is a spectacular player…combining a gorgeous unique sound with amazing technical abilities.
When interviewing Megumi in preparation for writing a new trombone sonata for her, I asked if there was a special Japanese melody she would like to have included in the piece. She immediately suggested her favorite, Red Dragonfly, by Kosaku Yamada. She sang it for me over the phone, I wrote it down, and this lovely melody became the basis for the piece. It has three movements, the first dramatic, the second lovely, the third joyful and fun. Click on “Order Music” and then click on “Red Dragonfly” to hear excerpts for free, or download an MP3 recording from the store.
The website store is now open with printed music for players and recorded music for music lovers. Click “Order Music” to see what’s in store!
I hope everyone has a great summer with great music!
Many thanks to Maestro Harvey Felder and the Tacoma Symphony for a great premiere of “Christmas Angels & Bells” …bravo!
Also, the piano transcription of the trumpet concerto, “Journey One” is done! I’ll provide more info on this in January 2013.
Merry Christmas and Blessed New Year to all!