Last night, Parkway Presbyterian Church put on our annual Christmas cantata. This year, I chose a piece with combined choir, handbells, percussion, and string quartet. The ensembles at Parkway put in a lot of work this year and we were all rewarded with a nice performance. I wanted to share links to the videos from last night.
A Ceremony of Lessons and Carols
by Anna Laura Page and Jean Anne Shafferman
Instrumentation by Lloyd Larson
There are not many composition students at the University of New Orleans but they are hardworking nonetheless. Last semester, we brought in a string quartet to read some of the students work and this year we will be continuing that tradition by bringing in a woodwind trio.
I truly feel that one of the best things for a young composer is to have their music read and be able to interact with the performers to actually find out exactly what works and what doesn’t, but not only that, to be able to see why. This is a fantastic opportunity for our students.
The reading will be held in the Performing Arts Center Recital Hall on November 17th from 11:00 to 12:30.
That’s right, Rhythm Management for Brass Quintet and Reflections for Trombone Choir have been picked up by Kagarice Brass Editions. I’m very excited about this and looking forward to many more in the future.