Lord of the Rings Concert in Dallas

This past weekend my high school choir, North Side choir performed the entire film score to the Lord of the Rings for 6000 fans at Fair Park in Dallas.  Three performances and over 16 hours of rehearsal with a guest conductor from New York and a full orchestra paid off.  Every night the audience gave the choir a standing ovation as they shouted and cheered for the musicians on stage.  The choir would like to thank principal Martinez for his support with this event.  Ms. Cooper, Ms. Carr and Ms. Aradondo were equally helpful pushing through paper work and setting up snacks for the trip.

Chaperons Mr. and Mrs. Six, Mr. Short, Mrs. Martinez, Mrs. Jain and Mr. Manzanarez, Ms. Gibbons, Mr.Poulson and Miss Pina made the trips to Dallas both fun and safe.

This was an incredible experience for the choir and we celebrate their success on stage in front of so many thousand people.  Go North Side Choir!!!


Wesleyan Chamber Singers Accept Invite to China

In October the Texas Wesleyan Chamber Singers sang for signing of the declaration of Fort Worth‘s sister cityGuiyang, China. The mayor from Guiyang then invited our choir to be his guest at the signing in his home city. Thanks to a generous donation and the efforts of our Dr. Bierschenk (our director), Dr. Fisher (department chair),Dr. Slaback (University President) and many others, we were able to accept his offer and will be joining him in China this April.

As this adventure unfolds, I will be blogging about this huge opportunity to get to know the people of Guiyang. We are all extremely excited to have this opportunity.

Musical Elision

On March 6th, conductor Hans Grim and sixty plus talented friends and family will present choral works of Whitacre, Lauridsen, Elgar and more. The concert will also feature a jazz combo and solo piano performing works by Adam Guettel, William Joel and David Yazbek.

The concert will take place at 7:30 in Texas Wesleyan University’s Martin Hall at 1309 Wesleyan Street, Fort Worth, TX

The forty-six voice chorus has been rehearsing since October and will be presenting these eight gorgeous choral works:

Water Night – Eric Whitacre

“False Love” from Edward Elgar’s Scenes from the Bavarian Highlands

O magnum mysterium by Morten Lauridsen

Ave verum corpus by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Give Me Jesus the Fleming arrangement

Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled by Bob Burroughs

Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal, Shaw/Parker Arrangement

and premiering an arrangement of Stravinsky’s Firebird for Chorus and Timpani

Some of the choir's Headshots

An all-star jazz combo will feature an original tune by Cal Lewiston called “A Daisey for Annie” as well as some musical theatre songs by Adam Guettel, Jason Robert Brown and David Yazbek.

This will be a very special evening of wonderful music in a wide variety of styles. Please consider joining the fun at this free event.

RSVP – to see who’s coming at the facebook event page.

Christmas in August

Last summer I was asked to direct a large children’s chorus as well as an adult chorus singing a track on a Holiday CD produced by DFW Actors Give Back.  The CD was a fund raiser for Jonathan’s Place, a “home-style” emergency shelter for abused, abandoned and neglected children and a Foster & Adoptive Family Program located in Dallas.

It was a pleasure and honor to work with so many talented adults and children from around the DFW area on such a worth cause.

Here’s a video interview with me and several of the other talent from the project…

Jazz Concert in Weatherford – Guest Artist

I recieved this advance copy of the promo poster for an upcoming engagement at Weatherford College. My good friend Cal Lewiston asked me some time ago to be a guest musician with my friends in the Weatherford College Jazz Band, but I had no idea I would be recieving such top billing. I am very excited about this oppertunity to play with the cats out in Weatherford again.

Concert Info Here

1st Prize in the Sigma Alpha Iota American Music Scholarship Competition

I was hugely honored to hear today that I took first place in the Sigma Alpha Iota American Music Scholarship Competition held today.  The Fort Worth Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota (International Music Fraternity) will feature me along with second place winner Austin Snow on their 57th Annual American Music Concert  on February 18, 2012 at 3:00 pm at Arlington Heights United Methodist Church, 4200 Camp Bowie Boulevard.

I am more comfortable behind a piano so this is a really huge surprise and honor for me.  I am very much looking forward to the concert.

West Side Story on Good Morning Texas 1998

I was looking for my DVD of Oh Brother Where Art Thou and instead found an old VHS tape labeled Good Morning Texas 1998.  On the tape was this television appearance by the cast of Granbury Opera House’s West Side Story.

This show remains my absolute favorite musical production ever for SO many reasons:

My future wife in the lead, my brother playing auxiliary everything in the pit, my best friend on percussion, Leonard Bernstein and Sondheim and my first season as a musical director.

CD – Selections from The Great American Trailer Park Musical ON SALE NOW!

The Trailer Park Studio Cast

This brand new CD features 6 songs from the musical, plus 4 bonus tracks of songs written for the original New york production, but previously unrecorded.

Heatherton Lays One Down
Actress Heatherton Hardy Wilson

The creators of the musical, David Nehls and Betsy Kelso have granted permission for members of the Circle Theatre cast and band to record these 6 new songs and share them for the very first time.

Listen to samples below!

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