I had a wonderful experience in Baltimore with the Trey Anastasio, music director Marin Alsop and the BSO! I arranged and orchestrated everything on the program and co-composed the featured work for the evening
with Trey. That piece, 'Time Turns Elastic', is a 30 minute symphonic work commissioned by Nashville's very own Orchestra Nashville, and features Trey's virtuosic electric guitar work and his singing. All involved seemed to enjoy the concert, and the audience, with their decidedly rock and roll tilt, surprised in how they paid attention and wanted to absorb the music.
The orchestra is a wonderful group of musicians and a superb ensemble. Marin is charming, efficient in rehearsal, and has a commanding presence that the musicians follow wholeheartedly, if not fearlessly. Those I talked with from the orchestra and it's staff were very complimentary of my work, and the players fully embraced a somewhat unusual evening of music. All of the BSO staff that I personally encountered were warm, and a pleasure to work with.
The Baltimore Sun reviewed
the concert (I promise, I only used the wind chimes once
all night!) as did Rolling Stone.
(Keep those cards and letters coming!)
The recording of 'Time Turns Elastic' is scheduled for release
next month (6/9/09) on Rubber Jungle Records, and Trey's been booked to do this concert September 12 with the NY Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall. I won't quit pinching myself over that one until at least 9/13/09. :)