Lots of new things!

Finally time to update Ye Olde Website! Lots of things have been going on since the last time I wrote, there’s no room to list them all, so I will focus on what’s coming up instead. We’re in the middle of the Ring cycle with the Houston Grand Opera right now. We’re spreading it out over four years, and this year we’re doping Die Walkure. Trombone players like it, because you finally get to play the Ride, the excerpt that’s on every trombone audition around the globe. There’s a lot more to it though. First of all, this is a long opera! It takes around four and a half hours to play, with two intermissions. There’s also a lot to play for the low brass, and most of it is soft! You really have to be in shape and be able to control your soft dynamics to play this opera, but it’s worth it. The low brass writing is beautiful and very rewarding to play.
A word about my horn: I’ve been playing a Conn 88H since my college day, but for about a year now I’ve played a Yamaha Xeno 882OR, and I have to say I like it a lot. It seems to combine the best of the Conn 88H and the Bach 42, plus if I loose it I can get a new from Amazon!
This coming Friday, May 1, 2015, I will be playing the Grondahl trombone concerto with the Houston Civic Symphony, directed by Brian Runnels. Brian has been bugging me for a long time to come and play with them, and we were finally able to work it out. I was also able to talk my good friend and arranger extra-ordinaire Mike Harris in to writing orchestra arrangements for three jazz tunes from my “Slide Side” album. It’ll be a really fun concert, and it’s free, hope to see you there! * pm at the Houston Baptist University.
Here’s the link to Houston Civic Symphony:
http://www.civicsymphony.org/home.html
Another bit of cool news: River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (ROCO) has commissioned Dorothy Gates to write me a brand new trombone concerto, to be premiered in April 2016. This is very exciting, and I can’t wait to get to play it. It will be based on the writings and poetry of Dag Hammarskjold, the Swedish diplomat who was the second Secretary General of the United Nations before he was killed in 1961.
I have known Dorothy for a long time, she is an amazing composer, and we’re both very much looking forward to working together.
Till next time, cheers!

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