A bit late to report this, but the Concerto Piccolo received its world premiere on Saturday (March 1). Kate Prouty was the wonderful soloist, and the Terre Haute Symphony was conducted by David Bowden.
It seems to have been a success. I was playing in my usual spot in the first viola stand, so I didn’t really hear what the audience heard, but from what I could tell, Kate played beautifully and the orchestra played well. I got a lot of nice compliments from orchestra members and after the concert, many audience members took the time to tell me how much they enjoyed it. At the Concert Comments before the show, David said he expects it to become a repertory item and be played all over the country. Let’s hope he’s right.
This e-mail from Kate just arrived. She said I could post it on my website if I like, and I will next time I update it, but for now, I’ll just put it here.
We just did our world premiere of CONCERTO PICCOLO on March 1, at Tilson Hall at Indiana State Univerisity (Terre Haute Symphony), and if I say so myself, it was a fantastic success!
So many audience members commented on how much they liked the melodic parts, and how impressive the “fireworks” were!
When we played it together (the orchestra and me), it got better and better. It felt like the orchestra was the engine, and my part simply emerged from it. I hope many piccoloists all over the world get the chance to play this in its orchestral version. While the piano reduction is good, it simply does not give the same support.
Thank you for creating such a funny, witty, challenging and enjoyable piece, Dan!
You’re welcome, Kate!