2018 has been an exciting year for me, musically. The year started off with a bang when Portland’s premier new music ensemble, Fear No Music, chose my piece, Burning Foliage, to play in their fourth Locally Sourced Sounds concert on January 8th. Joël Belgique on viola and Jeff Payne on piano gave a moving performance of the piece, bringing out things that I didn’t even know were in it. I felt honored that they asked me to speak about the piece at a second performance at Portland’s Univeristy Club on January 30th.
In February, my Five Canons for two violas had a tuneful premiere at a house concert in Lake Oswego with Sharon Eng and Shelley Mathewson on violas. My string trio, Glimpses, had its second performance at the Cascadia Composers’ Fabulous February Fantasia concert. Many thanks to Tatiana Kolchanova, Julie Asparro and Collin Oldham for making my music come alive.
In March, the Con Grazia Wind Quintet played my quintet Equinox with great verve as part of the March Music Moderne concert series at Portland’s Community Music Center. Thank you, Victoria Racz, Rebecca Olson, Jill Coykendall, Wendy Peebles and Danielle Goldman.
In April, as a lark, I signed up for a 48 hour composition contest organized by The Sound of Late. When I signed up, I didn’t know that I would be performing as well as composing. I played the cello part in my 48-hour composition Nocturne for Flute and Cello, and in three other pieces, a week after they were composed. Many thanks to Mike van Liew for coming to my rescue and playing the flute part for my piece when the original flute player was unable to be there!
I spent an enjoyable week this summer at Pacific Crest String Quartet Camp. http://www.pacificcrestquartetcamp.com/
In addition to playing music by Mozart, Beethoven and Jörg Widmoser, we played a short piece I wrote for strings, “At the End of the Day”, and a new string quartet by Portland composer and quartet member, Mark Woodward.
Today the Pacific Crest Youth Sinfonietta will perform a new piece I wrote for the group: “Lullaby for the Monster under the Bed.”
The concert will be at 5:00 pm at Pacific Crest Community School
116 NE 29th Ave.
Portland, OR 97232
Video from the Crazy Jane Prevails concert is now on line. Check it out at the following link:
I think last night’s Crazy Jane concert was our best one yet. Thanks to all the performers, who who played beautifully and to my fellow Crazy Jane composers who put in the work of organizing the concert!
It’s only a few days to the Crazy Jane concert. Mark you calendar for Friday the 13th!
I’m looking forward to next month’s concert, Crazy Jane Prevails, featuring music by women composers from the Pacific Northwest. The first rehearsal of my piece, “Fairy Bells and the Calypso Orchid” was on Monday and it went very well.
Coming next week: new music by Oregon composers, including my song “Howl: Etiquette for Artists and Other Social Misfits”, for soprano voice, alto saxophone and harp.
Yesterday I had my first chance to hear a rehearsal of my song “Howl” for soprano voice, alto saxophone and harp, which will be on the upcoming concert, Cascadia Ventures Forth. I got to hear some cool sounds the harp and saxophone can make, that will be incorporated into the piece. Looking forward to the concert!
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