New Music Agency cellist Diana Frazier received
her Masters Degree from the University of Wyoming, and she suggested this
past fall that we make a journey to Laramie and perform a concert. We
had several pieces worked up from recent concerts that we wanted to perform
again, so we said, "Great!". Nearly everyone in the group was able
to make the trip out to Wyoming (our trombonist, Scott Anderson had just
recently become a new father - congratulations! - and took a pass).
Betsy and Rusty
rehearsing prior to the run-out
On March 26 we loaded
up two vans with musicians, small children and equipment and headed down
I-80. The drive out was uneventful and included a side trip to Cabela's
in Sidney. Because accomodations were tight in Laramie, we spent the
first night in nearby Cheyenne.
Great shopping at Cabela's
Christy rehearsing at the Laramie Fine Arts Center Concert Hall
Western Nebraska and Eastern Wyoming
is quite beautiful. Laramie is also a cool town. There seems
to be an interesting mix of the cowboy element, college students, outdoor
enthusiasts and artists. The downtown area has many old buildings that
have been restored and contain art galleries, coffee shops and restaurants.
Really good restaurants.
of Wyoming alum Diana Frazier
getting acclimated to playing the contrabassoon at 7,200 feet
The university facilities were terrific - the hall is a beautiful
place to play, and the accoustics were excellent, not only to the musicians
on stage but out in the audience as well.
Kevin Hart's "Tetradance"
Playing at 7,200
feet really is different than playing in Lincoln. Reeds stiffened
up over the course of the weekend. Also, breathing is a bit more difficult.
The first trip carrying luggage up the stairs at the motel immediately
made that apparent.
UW faculty member Kevin Hart
Our program for the March 28 concert included Steve Reich's
Music for Pieces of Wood for 5 Sets of Claves, movements from Daniel
Dorff's In a Deep Funk for Unaccompanied Contrabassoon, Rusty Banks'
Long Pine Creek: New Year's Eve for Flute, Clarinet, Guitar
and Electronics, George Crumb's Mundus Canis for Guitar and Percussion,
Shulamit Ran's Private Game for Clarinet and Cello, and the premiere
of Tetradance by Kevin Hart. The concert was very well received,
and composition students from UW had the chance to speak with the performers
after the performance.
Performance of "New Year's Day: Long
set up prior to our performance
The run-out to Laramie was a great step for the Agency.
Taking contemporary music to other communities in the region is one
of our goals, and as we found out in Laramie, there *is* an enthusiastic
audience for new music. We hope to do a lot more touring in the near