Amazon now has audio samples up for each of the Vespers tracks. The CD has also been bouncing up and down the sales rank (#45,000 to 15K to 26K to 10K, who knows what these numbers mean), but tending higher and higher. A buddy told me he saw it as high as 3,000-something. (That’s just to let you know that it wasn’t me looking it up, like, ha ha ha, I would do that, yeah right, me, checking my own stats on Amazon c’mon how lame is that.) But from six to the low four digits in a week, not bad… it’s also #42 in new classical releases… it’s also listed under the, what?, historical period of 1770-1830; okay, if they were going to kill me off, couldn’t they at least have made me a dead Renaissance composer? Oh, look at that, James MacMillan’s in this group, too. All right, I’ll take it. One day it’s “Temporarily out of stock,” and the next it’s “Only 4 left in stock—order soon (more on the way).” That’s good, yes? And no used CDs available, just new ones. Well I know that’s got to be good. Not like I check or anything.
30 May. The Consolation of Apollo. The 24, University of York, UK premiere
1 Jun. Where Flames a Word. Northwestern University Singers
3 Jun. Susquehanna. Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra
23 Jun. Adieu, Adieu. Relâche. Penn Museum, Widener Auditorium, 2:00
27 Jun. Donald Nally lecture, “Choral Music of Kile Smith,” Westminster Choir College Conducting Institute
30 Jun. The Arc in the Sky. The Crossing
11–13 Oct. The Consolation of Apollo. Red Shift, Trey Davis, cond. College Music Society Conference, Vancouver
3 Nov. New commissioned work. Khorikos. Shrine Church of Saint Anthony of Padua, 154 Sullivan Street, New York City.
Dec. The Consolation of Apollo. Red Shift, Trey Davis, cond. Baton Rouge
Dec 7. The Consolation of Apollo. Ars Nova Singers, Thomas Edward Morgan, cond. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Boulder
Dec 9. The Consolation of Apollo. Ars Nova Singers. St. Paul Community of Faith, Denver
Dec 13. The Consolation of Apollo. Ars Nova Singers. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Boulder
Dec 15. The Consolation of Apollo. Ars Nova Singers. First Congregational Church, Longmont
20 Jan 2019. New commissioned work. Arcadian Trio. Abington Presbyterian Church, Abington, Pa.