|Half of the rehearsal set up.|
We were joined in rehearsals by Stephen Steele, who commissioned the work, and David Maslanka himself. It was a demanding, challenging and rewarding experience. Among the rewards was a glimpse into the mind of one of the greatest composers of our time, and the beginnings of an understanding of this masterful work of art.
Truth be told, I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy the piece after our sight-reading rehearsal. I just didn't "get it." Even after listening to the recording, studying the score and practicing my part, it took some time to gain even a basic appreciation for the music.
But things started to change pretty drastically when Maslanka joined our rehearsals. He was able to provide a lot of background information and insight into the construction of the piece. And even though our conductor, Scott Hagen, is a a master in his own right, nothing compares to the vision and direction of the composer. His direction and corrections turned the piece into something completely new - more powerful, incisive and direct - experience for the entire ensemble.
|The other half.|
To the UWS, David Maslanka, Scott Hagen, Stephen Steele, my section mates and many others, I thank you.
Can't wait for the next one!