A few days ago I got back from my trip to Little Rock to hear Dr. Gail Robertson and the Little Rock Wind Symphony premiere my Concerto for Euphonium and Wind Band. The group was led by Israel Getzov in his first year as their conductor. The ensemble handled some tough works back to back and did it rather well. The talent and experience in the group was impressive.
The Concerto itself went very well! I introduced the work and was excited to hear the work played by humans instead of MIDI. It came out much richer than I imagined and the band didn't overpower the solo part. Gail played wonderfully - mastering the trickiest passages and was heartfelt and delicate in the middle movement.
I'm waiting on the official recording before I post anything. I know I've kept this piece off of my SoundCloud but you all will hear it in due time - I promise! It will also be available for purchase when I take care of the edits/suggestions the group provided. I'm also finalizing a piano reduction for recital purposes.
I was overwhelmed by the positive reception to the work. I couldn't move from my seat for quite some time - shaking hands, signing programs, and taking note of what these listeners liked.
Afterwards there was a hang at a local bar where I got to spend some quality time with a few folks. I also had this great burger called the "Nuremburger" - whoah.
I wish I had the time to meet everybody and those of you I met I wish I had more time with. It was a wonderful experience from start to finish at a time when I needed it. Again, thank you to Gail, Israel, the members of the LRWS, and the city of Little Rock for a fantastic three days.