“Not your grandmother’s concerto.”
The Inlander, Spokane, WA
“Her performance was among the highest caliber that I have experienced with any performer or any orchestra."
Enrique Diemecke, Music Director & Conductor
Flint Symphony Orchestra
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Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA
"The Concerto for Water Percussion and Orchestra was captivating, as indicated by the standing ovation."
The Flint Journal
Ragtime Dances for Marimba and Orchestra is based upon the ragtime-influenced ballroom dance music of the 1910’s. The movements are each named after the dance step that would accompany the music. Within each movement, a soloist from the orchestra is featured as a “dance partner” to the marimba - a nod to ballroom etiquette.
I love the idiomatic approach to the marimba wrapped within the varied character of each movement’s style and harmonic language. One can find the ragtime influence within each dance, but the character and moods are quite varied. (The audience will recognize the Foxtrot as a traditional ragtime.) While many of the scales are non-traditional and the notes quickly fly, the net effect is one of fresh lightheartedness with soul and substance.