“Water Lilies” Premieres Tonight

I just got word that my “Water Lilies” will be premiering tonight at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.  A student there named Kaedron Hall contacted me about performing one of my pieces in his conducting recital.  He expressed interest in performing “Water Lilies” and “Desert Pools.”  In the end, only “Water Lilies” made it to the program (understandably, both are tough as nails).

When I first got a message from Kaedron, I wasn’t sure if it was something I should believe or if Kaedron was someone that I should trust with my piece that wasn’t published or ever performed.  That changed when I went to the Morehouse College website and saw what kind of an institution it was.  When I saw that they emphasize character, integrity, and other characteristics of great leaders I stopped worrying.

It will be tonight at 8 PM in the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center, if you’re in the area, you should go.

Good luck Kaedron!

Beautiful Life – Concert Last Weekend

This last weekend, BYU Singers and Concert Choir had a huge and wonderful concert.  The layout of the concert was basically Chiastic:

Singers & Concert Choir:
Laudate Nomen – Carlyle Sharpe

Singers:
Laudate Dominum – Victoria
Amor con fortuna – Encina

Is Any Afflicted? – Billings
Psalm 42 – Chadwick

Gloria (from Mass for Mixed Choir) – Persichetti
Sanctus (from Mass) – Bernstein

Concert Choir:
Denn alles fleiches ist wie gras (from Ein Deutches Requiem) – Brahms
Toward the Unknown Region – Vaughan Williams

Singers:
The Coolin – Barber
Come to My Heart – Foster

Jennie Kissed Me – Barnum
Simple Gifts – Copland
The Ol’ Chisholm Trail – Larsen

So I’ll Sing with My Voice – Argento
Hold On (from The Secret Garden) – Simon

Singers & Concert Choir:
Pilgrims’ Hymn – Paulus

It was a great deal of work, but paid off in rich dividends.  This program happened to contain some of my favorite music of all time (not just choral music or classical music).  Each night had their moments to shine.  Friday night was probably the best performance of “The Coolin” while Saturday was a remarkable performance of “Gloria” by Persichetti.  Concert Choir’s performances of the Brahms and the Vaughan Williams was powerful.  They sang them with arrangements for piano, four-hands rather than with an orchestra.  I think more people should perform “Toward the Unknown Region,” it’s absolutely golden.

I’m glad that it’s not over for us, we get to keep performing this music on tour.  With such beautiful music, it’s going to make our tour to England a lot of fun.

Some Clips from Radio Interview

My friend Igor Marques passed along some clips from the interview I did Classical 89 a few months ago.  I’m glad they turned out a little more coherent than I remember.  That’s good editing for you.

Here’s the introduction:

Responding to a question about BYU Concert Choir:

Talking about writing for various ensembles:

Talking about William Byrd:

What else have I been up to lately?  More to come soon.