Symphonic Music

The Third Symphony ("The Four Winds"). Portraying the power of the Creator over the vast forces of nature, this symphony follows a traditional 4-movement design using a language derived from American symphonic masters, film composers, and contemporary song. It has been chosen by the University of California Irvine Symphony Orchestra for a premiere at the Barclay Theater in March 2021. The piece also includes three movements that were recently named finalist or semifinalist for The American Prize, Professional Orchestral Composition division. To date, a version of each movement has been premiered separately by various symphonic organizations, including the Bellflower Symphony, the ECLA Orchestra, and Chicago's American Wind Band.

 

(Note: red text indicates links to videos or other off-site pages. Gold text indicates audio recordings below.  Some videos may be excerpts or chamber orchestra versions.)

 

I. The Dawn Wind  

(also available at IMSLP)

II. The Island Wind  (aka Santa Cruz Island)

III. The Free Wind 

IV. The Sunset Wind

Virtual recordings of the entire symphony can be accessed below.

The Second Symphony ("Freedom Crossing"is scored for symphonic wind ensemble and was commissioned by the American Wind Band. In one continuous movement and drawing upon fragments of an American spiritual, it expresses a longing for freedom.

 

The First Symphony  includes vocalists and uses texts from the Book of Revelation. Cast in an abstract, nontonal idiom, its three movements depict cataclysmic scenes and eventual triumph.

Other orchestral works include several published fantasias (available at Sheet Music Plus) on African-American melodies, some of which were premiered by members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic; Sinfonietta (1989)premiered  by members of the USC Symphony and included on the CD From Everlasting to EverlastingAdagio: "Of Times and Seasons," with a possible national conference premiere in October 2020 (pending Covid-19 decisions); Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra (2007), written for Bravo! L.A. and premiered by the Vanguard Chamber Orchestra; lighter orchestral overtures including A Western Christmas (2000)premiered by the Carson City Symphony; Set Free (2006), premiered by the American Wind Band; and arrangements for orchestras at Los Angeles-area megachurches.

 

Symphonic wind ensemble character pieces include Just For Today, premiered by the Elyria Symphonic Band; Divine Mystery, premiered by the Warner Pacific Symphonic Band; and Range of Light as well as a version of Set Free, premiered by the American Wind Band.

I The Dawn Wind - virtual recording
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IV The Sunset Wind - virtual recording
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II The Island Wind - virtual recording
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Sinfonietta - USC Symphony members
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III The Free Wind - virtual recording
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A Western Xmas - Vanguard Symphony
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Adagio: "Of Times and Seasons"virtual recording
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