My latest chamber music composition Successions was premiered on May 21, 2017 at the Getty’s Center in Rock Hill, SC USA by the Bechtler Ensemble. There was a second performance at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in Charlotte, NC on the same day. The concert at the Bechtler Museum featured dance choreographed by the remarkable Kim Jones of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The picture below was taken during the musician and dancer warm ups at the Bechtler Museum prior to the concert. Both concerts were well attended with the Bechtler Museum concert saw a sold out, overflow crowd. The performances were outstanding. The musicians included Jill O’Neill – flute, Leo Soto – percussion, Bob Teixeira – guitar, Tanja Bechtler – cello, Taddes Korris – double bass, and Alan Yamamoto conductor.
Successions was written for the Bechtler Ensemble and was inspired by Jean Tinguely’s kinetic sculpture Santana. The concerts featured five new works by Charlotte NC region composers commissioned by the Bechtler Ensemble in reaction to the 50th anniversary of the creation of Santana. The other works on the concert were Spectale Machine by Leonard Mark Lewis, Speed Limit by Criag Bove, The Bare Plateau by Zack Zubow and Santana Mix by John Allrmeier. Kim Jones provided choreography for Spectale Machine, Speed Limit, and Santana Mix. The choreography and dance was inspired and well executed. Hats off to Kim!
There is a third follow up performance at Queens University of Charlotte on Monday, May 22, 2017. I hope to see some of my Charlotte area friends there.