|My collaboration with Jeffrey Van began in 1997
when I invited him to Wake Forest to attend the performance of one of his
pieces for chorus and guitar, "A Procession Winding Around Me", performed
by one of my students, Seth Brodsky, now a graduate of Eastman School of
The piece moved me so much that I decided to commission a piece for chamber orchestra and guitar. After Jeffrey invited me to perform his "Partita for Two Guitars", we had so much fun playing together that the concerto commission emerged rather naturally to include two guitars.
My main objective in all the commissions I have done so far, is to expand the chamber repertoire for guitar by leaving pieces that are are well written for the instrument and accessible to most players.
Our collaboration has surpassed all my expectations. Later this year will publish a recording of Jeffrey Van's music which will include two choral works, a guitar duo and the Double Guitar Concerto. The recording will feature the Wake Forest Concert Choir under the direction of Dr. Brain Gorelick.
The concerto will be premiered in Winston-Salem by the Carolina Chamber Symphony and there are four performances scheduled in May of 2003 in Carmel and Salinas, California by the Monterey Symphony, under the direction of Kate Tamarkin.
We are extremely grateful for the grants we have received from the Graduate and Undergraduate Schools at Wake Forest University.