Last night’s Faculty Recital at Le Moyne was very special. I’ve watched the department grow from Dr. Donald Miller’s enthusiastic channeling of student’s desires to sing, in what might have been called a Glee Club back in the day, through Andy Russo’s leadership that made the department a reality, then handing it off to Travis Newton’s expert direction. Travis grew the orchestra from tiny to huge. He brought stability, instilled confidence, drilled down on the Music Minor, and established the Arts Administration Major and Graduate Program, which he now heads.
The music faculty is eclectic to say the least. Our concert featured classics from Hayden to Ravel, a rave up version of For Forever from Broadway’s Dear Evan Hansen, quite an array of instrumental selections from the 20th century… and even a couple of original works from yours truly, and our fearless leader, Director of Music Ed Ruchalski. We represent a large swath of the music profession, which would be the envy of many music schools.
I feel lucky to be a part of this crowd. It was a great night of music.
So, what’s next?
All that means to me is no classes. I can’t wait to get into the studio FULL TIME. Dr. Jerry Exline and I start recording a new album. We don’t have a title, but we know that it will feature Impressionist compositions by Ravel and Debussy, some Bach… and some new music that we are writing. Stay tuned. I’ll post some of the early tracks for you to hear.
The THB will be starting rehearsals for the Spring and Summer shows. A new website is in the works. Today, I meet with AEM Artist Management to hammer out some details for the upcoming schedule of dates. And I’ve got lots of rehearsals planned for my other projects.
Spring is on its way… after, of course, the winter storm that hits on Friday. Ah, the cool, cool North. With luck I’ll be able to break out the skis a couple more times before we bid this winter good-bye.