- By Alexandra Gardner
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Greetings from Baton Rouge! I just arrived for a three-day composer residency at Louisiana State University, which will culminate in an all-premiere wind ensemble concert that includes my new piece Perseids, as well as works by Steve Mackey, David T. Little and Dan Visconti. Also in the house will be Third Coast Percussion, so I think this is going to be pretty fun!
I am especially looking forward to this week because Perseids has been a looooong time coming. The LSU director of bands Damon Talley and I started talking about this project in 2011, when he was working at Shenandoah Conservatory of Music. Sometimes life gets in the way of musical projects (in my case it absolutely did) so I’m extra pleased that this piece is finally happening! And because it’s a consortium commission organized by Damon, there will be multiple performances at several different universities. From a composer’s perspective, this situation is basically heaven on earth.
Now I just hope that some other brave souls will let me make another one of these things soon, before all of the instrument transpositions fly out of my head!