We had a wonderful trip to Aroostook County late last month. On the 24th and 25th I played two solo concerts, at the University of Maine branches at Presque Isle and Fort Kent. The program, which I titled American Landscapes, included:
Excursions Samuel Barber
Thoreau (Mvt. IV of the Concord Sonata) Charles E. Ives
Three Pieces for Piano Morton Feldman
Three Preludes George Gershwin
Mad Rush Philip Glass
Seascape Scott Brickman
Variations on Amazing Grace John Newell
Scott Brickman is a wonderful composer who teaches at Fort Kent. I really enjoyed playing the first performances of Scott's Seascape, which he wrote for me.
The following week I participated in a concert by the University of Machias Chorale, under the direction of Gene Nichols. The group did a superb job in performing five of my choral works.