after bang

Omar Carmenates playing the first movement of my Percussion Concerto, 22 Feb 2013.
Some thoughts on the premiere:

  • It was freakin' amazing!
  • Omar Carmenates is a beast. He took a very difficult solo part and made it look and sound easy. 
  • My brother, Furman Director of Bands Leslie Hicken, is a fine conductor and an even better teacher. He took a score that is way outside the Furman Wind Ensemble's normal stylistic milieu, and with a few simple words and by working over just the right passages, he got them to play with expression and power. I'm very proud of him.
  • And now the work starts again: making some adjustments in the score and parts and arranging further  performances.

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