25 November 2016

Henningmusick on the Air

On Monday, 28 November at 12:00 noon (Eastern) Gandalf ("None shall pass who have not rehearsed properly") will interview me (Karl Henning) on WJFF 90.5FM Radio in Jeffersonville, New York. The interview will live-stream at www.wjffradio.org/ . . . so there is no geographic barrier to listening in.

The Music for the program:

  1. Agnus Dei, Op.106 № 5. Performance by Triad. (4:45)
  2. Metamorphosis of Charles Turner’s The Hebrew Children, Op.133 № 3. Source performance by the HTUMC Handbell Choir. (5:15)
  3. Out in the Sun, Op.88. Performance by the University of Michigan Wind Ensemble, directed by Rodney Dorsey. (15:10)
  4. Night of the Weeping Crocodiles, Op.16. Performance by The k a rl h e nn i ng Ensemble. (7:45)
  5. Moonrise, Op.84. Performance by MidTown Brass Quintet. (5:30)
  6. My Island Home, Op.115. Performance by the Reinhardt University Percussion Ensemble, directed by Olivia Kieffer. (5:30)
  7. From the Pit of a Cave in the Cloud, Op.129 (excerpt). Performance by Barbara Hill MeyersThe k a rl h e nn i ng Ensemble. (4:15)
  8. Suspension Bridge (In Dave’s Shed): Sonata for Viola & Piano, Op.102, second movement. Performance by Dana Huyge & Carolyn Ray. (12:30)
  9. Jazz for Nostalgic Squirrels, Op.117. Performance by the 9th Ear. (4:45)
  10. Mistaken for the Sacred, Op.141. Fixed media component. (7:15)
  11. Castelo dos anjos, Op.90. Performance by Tapestry. (13:00)

23 November 2016

What has been happening

The Holy Trinity United Methodist Church music program has been in steady preparation for our Christmas Concert on 11 December.  Additionally, I have kept busy in the following ways:

Kammerwerke performed the piece which they commissioned from me, The Young Lady Holding a Phone in Her Teeth, Op.130, on Friday, 18 November in Bedford, Mass. It was my honored pleasure to rehearse them and to conduct the première.

Ensemble Aubade performed the première of Oxygen Footprint, Op.138 in Stamford, New York Sunday afternoon, 20 November. They invited me to their Saturday rehearsal, and they enjoy my full confidence; and the report is that the piece was very well received.

We had our latest Triad concerts (our fourth program already, not counting the Nono outing) Saturday and Sunday, 19 & 20 November.  We sang the concert première of my Song of Remembrance, Op.123, originally written for the Framingham State College Chorus.

Monday evening, I whipped up a simple arrangement of a New Year’s Carol, for our choir rehearsal last night; this will be the last compositional work towards the 11 December concert (and we'll also have the use of it the morning service of January the 1st, since New Year’s Day falls on a Sunday).

19 November 2016

The To Do List

Mark handbell parts for Morning Light (actually, no use having these in the folder before 4 Dec . . . hopefully, not too late, then: concert is 11 Dec)

Reflow pp.9-10 of vocal score of In dulci jubilo (for choir rehearsal 22 Nov)

Have a tentative Christmas Concert order to review/revise with Anne (tomorrow morning)

Sit in on Oxygen Footprint rehearsal (12:00 today)

Arrange New Year's Carol (for choir rehearsal 22 Nov)

Report for Triad concert I (18:00 today, Cambridge)

Learn how the MIDI voices are invoked at the organ at HTUMC (sometime soon)

Try to pin down a venue for the 24 March concert

Report for Triad concert II (18:00 tomorrow, Somerville)

Re-score In dulci jubilo for Dan (by 1 Dec)

Harvest video files from the Triad concerts and return video equipment to Peter (before Thanksgiving)

Prepare CD of Henningmusick for the radio interview (by Saturday 26 Nov)

Compose the percussion solo for Mistaken for the Sacred (ASAP, considering)

Finish cleaning up the vocal score for the Schulte Exaudi me (within two weeks of the present Triad concerts)

Arrange Things Like Bliss for clarinet, harp, harpsichord (probably after the Op.141 and Schulte tasks)

Resume second movement of Symphony (when the dust has somewhat settled)