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  • November 4, 2009

    Heading to Atlanta

    Bright and early tomorrow (Thursday) morning, I’m flying to Atlanta.  I have a residency for several days with both Georgia State University and the Metropolitan Atlanta Youth Wind Ensemble (MAYWE). Lots of rehearsals and other fun things coming up, all of it culminating on Monday at 8pm at the Rialto Center for the Arts with this crazy program, called, by them, “MackeyFest” :

    Asphalt Cocktail (Georgia State University, conducted by Robert Ambrose)
    Concerto for Soprano Sax (GSU & Ambrose, with Jan Berry Baker, saxophone)
    Aurora Awakes (MAYWE, conducted by Robert Ambrose)
    Undertow (MAYWE, conducted by Laura Moates Stanley)
    Damn (with Kenneth Long, clarinet)

    Wow, that’s a whole lot of me. I’ve never had a concert of just… me. It’s an honor, but also more than a little intimidating. With so many pieces back-to-back, the audience will be able to figure out all of my little tricks (both intentional and accidental) that I put in every piece. I can hear the under-the-breath mid-concert mumbling already… “Oh Christ, he’s doing that crap again in this piece, too. Oh look — more 7/8! La-de-friggin’-dah, isn’t he fancy? What. Ever.” And that’s just what I will be saying.

    In all seriousness, if you find yourself in Atlanta on Monday night, I hope you’ll come. I mean, it’s MackeyFest ’09! Word is that the ensembles are doing a great job. Should be fun (and probably drummy!).

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    November 2, 2009

    Bonecerto: Complete

    I finished the Trombone Concerto today.  Consider it boned.  (I should call the piece just that: “Trombone Concerto: Consider it Boned.”)  I delivered the score and parts just a few minutes ago (aren’t PDF parts great?!), and even sent along a MIDI demo.  It’s good to be done, but now the wait starts — the wait to actually hear the thing.  Kind of freaks me out a little.

    If you want to see the score and/or the (printable) solo part, they’re on this page.

    I’m heading to Atlanta on Thursday to work with MAYWE and the Georgia State University band. That’ll be a fun trip. For now, though, all I can think about is what kind of celebratory cocktail I’m having tonight.

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