June 01, 2007
my tenure as LACO’s Sound Investment composer for the season 2006-2007 has come to an end. It was a great year for me. I got a lot of joy and inspiration out of interacting with the investors, a group of lovely and very smart people. It was a pleasure spending time with and getting to know everybody in LACO’s management and staff. Also, it was great to “hang professionally with Jeffrey Kahane and my friends in the orchestra! And – needless to say – my musical experience with the orchestra was first-rate.
Starting with the composing process – during which I often felt like Haydn must have felt, having so many familiar faces to write for – continuing through the very focused and collaborative rehearsals, culminating in the masterful performances of my piece Desert Wind at the Alex Theatre and at Royce Hall – it all couldn’t have gone better! I’m very thankful to everybody in the organization. Experiences like this make me want to push myself to become an even better composer.
An added bonus was the presence of my brother Eckhard, representing my family in Europe. He was here for a rehearsal and the two performances, and we ended up heading to Mammoth afterwards for a couple of days of great spring skiing!
I hope that you all will have a great summer, and I look forward to seeing you at next season’s LACO concerts!