New York and St. Louis

Sometimes it takes hard work and perseverance to make good things happen, and sometimes they just fall into your lap.  The Enhake Quartet based in Florida is a wonderful group of young musicians I’ve been working with over the past couple of years.  We were awarded an Encore! Grant from the American Composers Forum that allowed them to play my Quartet in Four Actions all over the country in the past year.  They told me in March that there was a possibility they might have the opportunity to play my piece at an all-contemporary American concert at Carnegie Hall in May, and asked if I could be there if they did.  After considering this for about 4 milliseconds, I said yes.  As it turned out, the performance was on a Monday between the 2 performances of Visions & Fantasies, the ocarina concerto that the St. Louis School of Music had commissioned from me, which were to take place on a Sunday afternoon and then the next Saturday evening.  So Jolie Beth and I went to St. Louis, flew to NYC, heard Enhake play beautifully at Carnegie Hall, hung out in New York for 5 days, and went back to St. Louis for the other premiere performance (it’s funny how many “premiere” performances there can be in the concert-hall music world!).  Unbelievable trip—

 (Here’s the video of one movement of the concerto):

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 At the first reception following the first performance of Visions & Fantasies in St. Louis

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With friend, colleague, and patron Dennis Yeh, who commissioned the concerto from me 

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From NYC:  Eating the infamous Largest Sandwich Known to Man at the Carnegie Deli (well, about ½ of it anyway—it was 2 meals for me and JB combined, which translates in physics terms to “4 man*meals” worth of food).

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Dark picture, but they don’t allow flash in Weill Recital Hall, the venue in Carnegie Hall where the concert was.  Chandelier, gold-embossed décor, curved ivory walls—it’s like stepping into 1780 Vienna, not to mention how it sounds.

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Outside of Carnegie Hall

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Me on the program

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With Libby Larsen, one of the very important living American composers, who had a world premiere on this concert, and turned out to be a very, very nice lady.  She said “YOUR piece is WONDERFUL!”  She is now my favorite living American composer. IMG_4618

With Won Kim, clarinetist of Enhake, who delivered an amazing performance of my quartet at the biggest venue in American music, and then practically collapsed in a heap of exhaustion!

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With JB at the rooftop café of the American History Museum

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from our harbor tour

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from the top of 30 Rock toward Central Park

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amazing view of Central Park and midtown from the plane as we left to return to St. LouisIMG_4760

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