Tuesday, December 17, 2013
In absentia … SIMON'S ROCK CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Last Thursday, The Simon's Rock Chamber Orchestra premiered "Nestis" one of my pieces from The Four Elements of Empedocles. This is a two-year project where I explore Fire (Zeus), Air (Hera), Water (Nestis) and Earth (Aidoneus) --one each semester.
The challenges of writing for this awesome little orchestra are that the members are at varying ability and their participation is largely volunteer. … and yet in composing for this ensemble, it created a lot of joy for everyone involved.
My daughter is the flute player and had one of her friends send me a YouTube video of it (below) so I could hear it as soon as possible. (The school is sending me an archive copy). It was truly satisfying to hear it … to hear the ensemble's success at realizing a piece written especially for them …
And now … Onward! Fire, Air & Water await!