Inspiration! - Festive Overture (2023)
Composed 2022 - January 2023
Instrumentation: 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets, 2 Bassoons, 4 Horns, 3 Trumpets, 3 Trombones, Tuba, Timpani, 2 Percussion, Strings
Percussion 1: Crash/Suspended Cymbal, Triangle
Percussion 2: Bass Drum
University of Texas at Arlington Symphony Orchestra; Dr. Clifton Evans conducting - February 10, 2023 (TMEA Conference)
Hartford Symphony Orchestra; Quinn Mason conducting - March 22, 2023
Hartford Symphony Orchestra; Carolyn Kuan conducting - May 6/June 17/June 30, 2023
Oregon East Symphony; Dr. Beau Benson conducting - June 10, 2023 (Pacific Northwest premiere)
Springfield Symphony Orchestra; Kevin Scott conducting - June 19, 2023
Plano Symphony Orchestra; Shira Samuels-Shragg conducting - July 4, 2023
American Festival of the Arts Symphony Orchestra; Dr. Clif Evans conducting - July 8, 2023
Annapolis Symphony Orchestra; José-Luis Novo conducting - September 2/3, 2023
This is a piece that is dedicated to the power of inspiration, and the will to inspire. The composition begins with a flourish—much like the spark of an idea—and erupts into joyous interplay from all sections of the orchestra. The middle section is more of a reflection of the first section, soulful and profound in nature and the rest of the piece is in high spirits, inspired by that which came before it.
This composition was commissioned by the University of Texas at Arlington Symphony Orchestra and their music director, Dr. Clifton Evans; it is also graciously dedicated to them.