In case you missed last month’s International Orange Chorale SF concert, including the premiere of my piece Come to Us in Water, you can catch the recorded livestream on Facebook (registration not required).
Not surprisingly, IOC exceeded the high bar they set at the Berkeley concert and performed an amazing show. I’m very lucky to have worked with them as composer-in-residence these past two years.
Director Zane Fiala introduces my piece at 52:15, and the music begins at 55:00. (I recommend you catch at least the last minute of Zane’s intro, where he explains the ritual breathing that begins the piece.)
The program has a number of fantastic premieres, and if you have some time I hope you’ll give them a listen. Fun tidbit: IOC hands out ballots for audience members to vote on their favorite piece; the winner gets a reprise at a future concert. If you watch the show, you will perhaps not be surprised to hear that the winner—by a country mile, apparently—was ‘Pieces of My Heart’ by Lauren Bydalek (starting at 46:00). I voted for it too. It was the simplest piece on the program, and very beautiful, and clearly that’s what we all needed to hear that night.
Can you guess the (distant) 2nd place piece? (Hint: the guy who wrote it is the only one who appears in this video with a mohawk. See 1:23:00.)
Thanks for listening/watching. I hope your 2022 is off to a beautiful start!