Thanks to everyone involved in the premiere of my newest work for orchestra, Song of the Angels. It’s about seven and a half minutes long, for a medium-sized orchestra: 2222-4231-timp.tri-str.
Joseph Caminiti conducted the Cairn University Orchestra in this commission celebrating the 100th anniversity of the University, which is in Langhorne, Pa. The premiere was Friday night, May 9th, 2014. It was the last concert of their season, and included student concerto competition winners Daniel Laubach singing “Avant de quitter” from Gounod’s Faust, and Erin Ramsey playing the first movement from the Piano Concerto No. 2 of Rachmaninoff. Also on the program were Verdi’s Nabucco overture and Prelude to Act I of La Traviata, and the Petite Suite of Borodin.
I can’t say enough about how well Joseph led the orchestra in Song of the Angels. He was so well grounded in the piece, which was evident immediately when we met for coffee a while back to compare notes. His incisive questions and generous ideas about the work made me know that it, and I, were in good hands. The orchestra played very well, and caught the sweep of this little drama as it unfolded. It makes the heart glad to hear your work understood and made manifest so well.
Bravo to everyone! Hoping to get a recording soon, and I’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, if you want a listen to the MIDI mockup, just let me know and I’ll send it along.