I just finished a commission for the Sumner Academy (Kansas City, KS) Orchestra. It's a rondo-overture but this time I was a little nonconventional and instead of the traditional "slow" middle section, I changed it up a bit and went with a more "soaring" half-time feel without actually changing the pulse. I think it gives the piece a lot of stylistic contrasts that the students will not only love but play the snot out of! It was commissioned by my friend Michelle in honor of her sister, who happens to be the Superintendent of the Kansas City, Kansas School District. I happen to be a resident of this vibrant, multicultural city and couldn't be more proud to write a piece to honor such an amazing advocate for music education - hence the title "Advocatus Musica!"
The other piece is this weird little thing I call "Cannon." Think "minimalism meets your favorite Baroque wedding tune but in minor." Okay, maybe don't think that, but you get the idea. I think this will be a work that will get audiences fired up only to realize at the end, "Hey, wasn't that...." Nah, dude. No it wasn't. Or was it?