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!!