I have this secret project I call “Re-DHC” and it’s all about sharing — or REleasing — my past performances and creations. The “Dogs of Somerville” video I posted last week is part of that project. (And THANK YOU for the great comments on that YouTube video.)
This week I want to share another video from the same show: my 2012 performance with the Great Falls Symphony in Montana.
I LOVE the kinds of musical surprises I get when I travel as an orchestral soloist — and this show had a great one.
The tune is called “New Blues” – an upbeat little bebop tune and it features 5 intrepid harp players who joined me onstage as the “Harp-Breakers” … and a sound man who pulled out his trumpet and took a solo with the orchestra from the back of the hall (if you know his name remind me in the comments and I’ll put it in the YouTube description!!)
I wrote this particular piece as a chance to feature local harp ensembles because WHO gets to see a bevy of HARP PLAYERS stand in front of an orchestra strumming through an upbeat Blues? So it’s fun for the audience.
And as a harp player you often feel so isolated. Gobs and gobs of violins and violas – and just one or two harps at the back of the orchestra.
So I love being able to even up the odds and fill the front of the stage with harp players.
What I was NOT expecting, when I went to Great Falls, was that the sound guy was also a great trumpet player, so when it came time for an extra solo … well, just check out the video and you’ll hear what happened.