We returned to Los Angeles this week after having performed with some simply outstanding musicians in NY. Last week was also the premier of what is most likely the first solo work written specifically for the extended-range oboe (it cannot be performed without the extension) called "Coupling" by Paul Coleman.
The concert involved nine musicians, our largest amount yet!
Here is a look at our tour in pictures:
Sunday, April 25th -
Rehearsals at Messinger Hall
We had three days together to assemble 11 pieces.
Monday, April 26th -
Mayer Hardware -"Wrenchophone"!
We had a fantastic crowd at our first event. Mayer Hardware store is something of a Rochester "hang" and they could not have been more helpful and supportive of our event. Composers Paul and David talked about their pieces and their use of "classical wrench technique". Steve and Melanie performed two very difficult pieces with ease and enjoyed demonstrating to the crowd how the instrument worked.
Christ Church Concert - 8pm
Despite a very popular Gamelan concert happening at the same as our concert at Eastman, we had a great turn out. The concert itself followed a "mirror" format in terms of the program and ran just over two hours. Some very special audience members included my former oboe teacher, Mr. Killmer, as well as some of the current Eastman oboe studio!
Tuesday, April 27th - Fredonia
Valu Home Center
Our second hardware store performance was in Fredonia, NY.
It's always nice to have more than one shot for any kind of performance!
SUNY Fredonia Concert - 8pm
In addition to our concert, we gave a new music forum and fielded some questions about performing in today's economy and a pre-concert lecture. This hall is simply spectacular and reminded many of us of Carnegie's Zankel Hall. I can't wait for the audio recording! A quick shout out to Rob Deemer and the Ethos New Music Society for all of their dedication and assistance!