This weekend’s Minnesota Orchestra program is a whopper of a show. Eric Whitacre is back in Minneapolis, conducting his orchestral arrangement of Lux Aurumque, my orchestral arrangement of his Godzilla Eats Las Vegas!, Blow It Up, Start Again, Steven Bryant’s gorgeous orchestral transcription of his Ecstatic Waters, and Whitacre’s stunning new work, Deep Field, all as part of the spectacular Minnesota Orchestra’s “American Voices” series. The Cities are where it’s AT this weekend.
Last week, I took part in the CBDNA National Conference in Nashville, TN, where the remarkable Florida State University Wind Orchestra, under the direction of Richard Clary, performed a spectacular Symphony No. 1, My Hands Are a City at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. It was a fabulous week of music-making, and picture-taking.
Last month, my wife of 12 years passed away after to a year-long illness with breast cancer. While my friends and family have provided a constant flow of emotional support, many have also asked what they can tangibly do to contribute to her memory. With that in mind, please see below, forward, share, and accept my profound thanks.
On Feb. 2, 2014 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center in Alexandria, VA, the President’s Own Marine Band conducted by Maj. Jason K. Fettig played the bejeezus out of Chunk. Someone who works for the government was smart enough to record it, and the Marines are quick enough on their feet to post it in their “New Music Corner”.
Your tax dollars at work:
My favorite part is about two minutes in, when the keyboard player (emulating a Hammond B3) just can’t help him/herself, smells an opportunity, and starts slamming out a chewy chromatic solo.
Chunk is 11 years old now. I never realized that until I saw the “©2003″ staring at me on the Marine Band web page. My old friend is aging well.
Now available on print-on-demand: Blow It Up, Start Again for full orchestra, in study score. Stuff your loved one’s stocking with the gift of concertized dubstep.