THEY'RE PLAYIN' MY TUNE!
This page is dedicated to people who are
performing my music. We may not be able to update
as often as we'd like, but if you're aware of a concert
performance of my music that I'm not personally part of,
please email the details to info@HipHarp.com.
- HARP & BIG BAND - Dec. 21, 2008 - The Netherlands
PLAYS "WAY YOU ARE BLUES"
harpist Brenda Christina (a.k.a. Brenda Dor-Groot) presents
the Netherlands Premiere of a new Big Band arrangement
of "Way You Are Blues" with singer Suzanne Jansen
and the group "Bigband Blast!," Dec. 21, 2008
at 3pm in the "Big Band Blast! / Sunday Jazz Xmas
Edition" at Theater De Lockhorst, in Sliedrecht (that's
the name of the town), The Netherlands. This big
band arrangement was adapted from my orchestral version
by arranger Kurt Schwab. If you're in the Netherlands,
go check it out! (TheaterDeLockhorst.nl).
Brenda's website is: BrendaChristina.net.
Along with fellow Dutch harpist Sabine Meijers, Brenda
is co-founder of the International Jazz Harp Foundation
dedicated to "enriching the harp world with jazz
and the jazz world with harp."
|ARLINGTON HIGH SCHOOL - FALL
MUSIC PROJECT 2008 - Arlington, MA
PLAY "BELINDA," "WAY YOU
ARE BLUES," AND "WILD HARP"
ARLINGTON, MA: I
got to participate in this project, but these folks
really did all the work on this collaborative project
with the Arlington High School Music Department
all Fall of 2008, which culminated Dec. 3 in a free
concert for the Arlington community. This was the
first time I've worked with High School students
to perform my orchestral, band or vocal pieces,
and I was deeply impressed by how hard these kids
and their teachers worked to prepare the music --
and wowed by their energy -- singing, playing, moving
risers and instruments on and off the stage and
putting on a show that included everything from
Madrigals, Dvorak, and Sting, to me! Here's what
CHORUS: The chorus
premiered a new 4-part choral version of my song
"Belinda," about the beautiful tree in
a neighboring town (arranged by their former department
head, Pasquale Tassone and led by Choir Director
Cheryl Christo) -- and ended up in the middle of
a huge controversy over the tree when they went
to sing the song to the tree itself just days before
it was needlessly torn down. You can read about
it at the Belinda
Concert Band presented a modified arrangement of "Way
You Are Blues" by band and orchestra director
Tino D'Agostino, complete with an improvised trumpet
solo by intrepid exchange student Semaunder Rongvaldson.
The Orchestra played my Celtic adventure "The
Wild Harp" with violin soloists Kenneth Trieu
& Katrina Rosenberg, and they even invented a
dramatic flourish for the piece when they had the
drum core and piccolo player Conor Oriordan (not pictured)
enter from the back of the auditorium to begin the
second part of the piece.
|Choral Director, Cheryl Christo, who masterminded
||Arranger Pasquale Tassone, former head
of the AHS music department.
Not pictured here is Sabatino D'Agostino,
who arranged and directed both the Band and Orchestra,
and John DiTomasi, head of the school's audio department,
who ran our sound. (They're both good-looking, too
-- I don't know why we don't have photos of them...