Yes, I was correctly quoted in the Inquirer; that’s what I said about the Asphalt Orchestra at 30th Street Station, brought to Philadelphia by Bang on a Can and others. You can read about it here. Hearing Mingus, Zappa, and Björk played by a marching band of piccolo, 2 trumpets, 3 saxes, 2 trombones, sousaphone, and 3 percussionists? How could it not be fun? I would like to have heard them outside, as all that polished granite and marble pretty much created a competing band. But no matter, for this slam. Also enjoyable was watching the responses from the accidental audience. All those lines waiting for the trains performed their own marching band routine, as before the festivities, they faced away, but when the music started, everyone stayed in line and performed an about-face. Wonderful fun!
4 Feb. O Thou Who Camest from Above, St. Margaret Mary, Westwood, Mass.
4 Feb. Meditation on Freu dich sehr, Kurt Knecht, St. Paul’s Episcopal, Kansas City
7 Feb. New York Choral Society, interviewing composer Frank Ticheli and conductor David Hayes for the East Coast premiere of the Ticheli Symphony No. 3 “The Shore,” New York Public Library
27 Feb. Reflection. Ethel Geist, AGO Tuesday Noon Recital, Abington Presbyterian Church, PA
1 Mar. The Consolation of Apollo. Verdigris Ensemble, Brown Middle School, Forney, TX
2 Mar. The Consolation of Apollo. Verdigris Ensemble, St. Andrew United Methodist Church, Plano, TX
4 Mar. The Consolation of Apollo. Royal Lane Baptist Church, Dallas
27 Apr. The Consolation of Apollo. Verdigris Ensemble, Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Space Exhibit, Dallas
30 May. The Consolation of Apollo. The 24, University of York, Robert Hollingworth, cond. UK premiere
3 Jun. Susquehanna. Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra
23-34 Jun. New Work. Relâche
30 Jun. The Arc in the Sky. The Crossing