A contemporary arrangement of the Lord’s Prayer for Weddings and Sacred Services. This composition was composed a few years ago and I recently added it to Sheet Music Plus. There is a very simple midi recording you can listen to. I used piano and violin for the recording. This piece has been performed a few times for weddings and occasionally as a solo piano piece.
I can’t say enough about SMP Press and what a great search engine they must have!
My music, The Celtic Winds Suite for Wind Band, Intermediate level, has sold again on Sheet Music Plus, SMP!
The 2016 premier was in Kentucky with the Olmsted Academy South Girls School in Louisville. This was a CSIC commissioned work by Composers and Schools in Concert headed by Lisa Oman. An excellent organization that assigns composers with public schools in the United States and they commission a new work for their school.
The Celtic Winds Suite has been purchased in Ireland, Mexico and the Bronx, NY. It’s awesome to see where this piece is being performed!
For the past couple of days I’ve been rehearsing with the young musicians of Mr. Byrums wind band at Olmsted Academy South in Louisville, Kentucky and they sound great! This school is amazing and so supportive of the arts and music. Excellent staff and teachers and students! They were so gracious in celebrating this event and had a welcoming cake and punch with the faculty. Photos and all to follow. I love this place and the people and school! Thank you Composers and Schools in Concert, Lisa Oman and all for asking me to celebrate music by creating a new work for this school. Photo: rehearsing on Tuesday.
This is one of the reasons Louisville, Kentucky is so dear to me. My great great grandmother was born here. I love this place! Her husband, John Fauver Harner was a printer for the Courier-Journal in Louisville, Kentucky which is still an exciting paper today. She lived a long life and at 96 was had a slogan, which was remarkable, about the flight of Charles Lindbergh in 1927. A strong woman from Kentucky, had 12 children and lived to 100. I am so proud to be here for a premier with the Olmsted Acadeny South, an all girls middle school here in Louisville. These ladies are growing up to be strong women and I am honored to have them perform a new work created just for the Omsted Academy South Wind Band with director Brad Byrum, The Celtic Winds Suite for Wind Band St. Patrick’s Day! Thanks to Composers and Schools in Concert and the OAS school district for making this event possigle. It’s going to be a fabulous concert with orchestra, band, choir and monologues given by the students in honor of strong women. I will be conducting the Celtic Winds Suite and these young musicians are wonderful! Can’t wait!!
I am so thrilled to share this upcoming concert in Kentucky! Iwas commissioned through Composers and Schools in Concert http://www.composersandschools.com/ to compose an original work for the Olmsted Academy South, Kentucky’s First and Only All-Girl Public Middle School, their 8th grade wind band.
We have had a few Facetime collaborations via Seattle and Louisville and our concert is on March 17 in Louisville, Kentucky. These young ladies and their band leader, Mr. Brad Byrum, have worked so hard on this new music, The Celtic Winds Suite, (it’s a St. Patrick’s Day concert) and I’ve listened to a recent mp3 rehearsal of the band and they are sounding amazing!
This has been such a great experience, writing for Middle School and I’ve learned so much by composing for this class.
Many thanks to Lisa Oman and the Composers and Schools in Concert, CSIC program for asking me to be part of this experience!
It was an amazing weekend. We arrived on Thursday evening, Jan 21st. Next day we walked around Edmonton in the 10 degree weather, shopped a bit, went to a couple of pubs and then met the conductor, Lucas Waldin, for a quick drink at the Sherlock Holmes pub. Lucas gave us a couple of tickets to see the Canadian singer song writer, Meghan Smith, who performed on Friday night with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Some of these photos are from that first evening. Colorful lighting, really a great touch with music and lighting effects. Loved it. She’s an an awesome singer song writer.
Next day, Saturday i went to the rehearsal, didn’t sleep a wink the night before but it really didn’t matter. I was awake and excited. We had a quick breakfast at the hotel and Walt and I walked to the Symphony Hall. I stayed and he had to do some shopping.
The rehearsal started with some John Williams, blew me away to hear this orchestra and the conductor is brilliant! I took some photos and a quick video when Tributum was rehearsed. The Royal Canadian Artillery Band, their Pipes, Drums and Brass Quintet performed with the ESO. There are a couple of photos of them in rehearsal. The performance and rehearsal were stellar!
Slide show: shows the concert on Friday night, Sat rehearsal and photos of us. Walt wore his complete Scottish regalia, it was awesome.
There are few words to describe what this whole experience that took place on November 7, 2015. Our concert, Origins: Life and the Universe performed to a sold out crowd.It was spectacular and the audience loved it! The musicians, music, films, content, hall, audience, everything was stunning. These photos are from my film Bijoux and were taken by Fred Burmer at the concert. Thank you to the brilliant filmmaker/ editor Stephen Jablonsky for putting everything together so beautifully. The opening began with the visuals of the Galaxy Girl, his lovely daughter, Esme and this piece in particular was so moving in the film Bijoux. If you haven’t seen the film or heard the music you can purchase the CD/DVD at CD Baby. Information and links below these photos. More Information: www.astrobioconcert.com
Concert Photos courtesy of Fred Burmer
BUY ORIGINS: LIFE AND THE UNIVERSE AT CDBABY Look for Origins: Life and the Universe. It shows only a CD, but it’s both a CD andDVD
Origins,” a world-premiere audiovisual spectacle at Benaroya Hall this Saturday, Nov. 7, has set its sights big — cosmically big. Using magnificent images from NASA and the Hubble Space Telescope, new symphonic music, computer simulations and the latest in scientific research and theory, “Origins: Life and the Universe” promises to be an entertaining and awe-inspiring exploration of the cosmos. Read Full Article Here
Many thanks to Seattle Astronomy and Greg Scheiderer for this write up on the lecture by University of Washington Professor Bruce Balick and myself!
The next time someone tells you that science and art don’t mix, point them to the work of the Hubble Space Telescope. Hubble images are the inspiration for a multimedia concert, “Origins: Life and the Universe,” coming up at 2 p.m. November 7 at Benaroya Hall in Seattle. Astronomer Bruce Balick and composer Nan Avant explained during a talk last week at the Museum of Flight how one segment of the concert was created.
“Science is observing the world around us and describing the pattern, typically with mathematical forumlas,” Balick said. “After that we puzzle over what these patterns might mean. We use the patterns as a means to gain insight into the way in which the natural world works.”
While Balick has spent his career studying planetary nebulae, he also loves the incredible images of those celestial objects that Hubble has returned to Earth. “I want you to appreciate what I hope Nan has found in these pictures, namely glorious natural patterns that inspire music,” he said. “These objects are simply beautiful.”
“I was so inspired by what I’d seen with these brilliant colorful images,” she said. In addition, she was influenced by conversations with Balick about the Orion Nebula and the Carina Nebula, the two objects that are featured in her multimedia composition, “Bijoux.”
“There’s so much going on in the nebula I wanted to continue this into my concept of the music, so I created many themes or melodies to represent the nebula,” Avant explained.
Avant said her last year, working on the project, has been “astounding.”
“As a composer, I’ve learned about the nebula, the universe. I had conversations with a distinguished scientist of the nebula. I collaborated with a filmmaker,” she said. “And finally, I composed an orchestral work about the universe. I grew so much as an artist, a composer, and an orchestrator. The title of the piece, “Bijoux,” is French for “jewels.”
“When I was looking through these breathtaking, stunning images and the music was unfolding into rich melodies and textures, I wanted to find a word, just one word, that expressed the music and images all in one idea,” Avant said of the choice.
“Scientists, musicians, artists, all of them have so much in common,” Balick marveled. “We love pattern. We appreciate pattern. Pattern says something to us. It may be visceral, it may be scientific. It comes in the form of music, it comes in the form of art.”
The “Origins” concert is part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Department of Astronomy at the UW. The concert will feature the work of eight composers and accompanying celestial photography. It is a benefit for the scholarship program at the University of Washington Astrobiology Program in the Department of Astronomy. Tickets are $32, $22 for students, and are available online or by calling the Benaroya Hall ticket office at 206-215-4747.
Another chance to preview one of the pieces in the concert is coming up at 2 p.m. next Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Museum of Flight. Professor Matt McQuinn of the UW Department of Astronomy will take a close look at how our universe was formed and how small fluctuations in the cosmic microwave background grow into galaxies with stars and planets. Glenna Burmer, who composed a piece entitled “The Big Bang,” will discuss her musical and visual interpretation of the 13.8-billion-year history of our universe, exploring the process that composers and filmmakers use to bridge science and art. The talk, titled “Origin of the Universe and Everything in It,” is free with museum admission.