At the end of the rainbow, last night was memorable. Michael and Jessica and the orchestra played beautifully. Andrew Sewell was a terrific shepherd on the podium, and I felt like I really got to hear the piece, in a way for the first time, along with the audience.
Like many orchestra commissions, there was a lot of work and preparation for the premiere of DOUBLE RAINBOW. If the premiere had been with a larger institution in a larger market, there might have been multiple performances of the work, perhaps 2-4 over the span of a week. If it had been a consortium commission, other orchestras might have already programmed it, ensuring a series of performances. All of these things can really help a new work mature and find its voice. But as it is we only had one night for this premiere.
So what now? Michael and Jessica are inventing ways to develop the project, which we all feel is just at its beginning. First, we will present a chamber version of DOUBLE RAINBOW at PianoSonoma (Michael & Jessica’s festival in Santa Rosa, CA) on Thursday, August 3rd. That will take some rearranging, but we are excited to keep the double rainbows in the air!
Next, based on the good feeling in the concert hall last night, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra is toying with the idea of bringing the piece back and recording it. Nothing definite yet, but an exciting prospect. We have an idea of creating a recording that would also contain TINY BITS OF OUTRAGEOUS LOVE – stay tuned!
Once we have the recording of last night’s concert in hand, we’ll pitch the piece to other orchestras, places where we have connections or friends or where we think a good match might be made.
So the premiere is not the end of the rainbow, it is the beginning. I am closing out this little microburst of blogging, and I will go quiet now for a while. Time to grade papers and evaluate final projects at Juilliard, time to rehearse our new Link Up show at Carnegie Hall and produce a Lullaby Project concert, time to work on the new chamber version of DOUBLE RAINBOW. If you caught any of these posts this week, thanks for reading. I’ll be posting again this summer in sync with a trip to Norway to work on lullabies!