I recently had the fantastic opportunity to participate in the Arapahoe Philharmonic’s summer concerts at Avon Pavilion and again at their new venue! There is nothing quite like writing a piece specifically for an orchestra that means a lot to you…especially when you also write solos for your mother, the concertmaster and hammered dulcimer soloist, and get to play your own percussion parts! I went a little nuts with those, having included around 25 separate percussion instruments. 😛 Jerry Goldsmith would be proud.
I also had the opportunity to briefly conduct this wonderful ensemble, and every chance I get to be in front of them is an experience I treasure. There is no better place to learn and grow than in front of consummate musicians!
The piece I wrote was an arrangement of Shenandoah. It went spectacularly, however I was so busy performing my duties that I neglected to set my little Zoom to record. I’ll be kicking myself for quite some time for that mistake. Oh well, I guess I’ll just have to mock it up!
There are even more exciting things on the horizon! I can’t wait to share it all with you!