News, Events, Performances
A Year in Review 2008
2008 was a year for Tim with emphasis on performing.
On February 24th he appeared in concert with the
superb organist Karin Gargone on an all-Bach program
at The Presbyterian Church on the Hill in Ocean, NJ.
Tim played recorder and harpsichord, while Karin
accompanied on organ and harpsichord, as well as
playing some of Bach's solo organ pieces.
On March 30th violinist Diane Bruce returned to the
concert series held at First Presbyterian Church in Belmar
to present music by Mozart, Dvorak and Gershwin as well as the premiere of Tim's Missa Brevis for violin and organ. Tim accompanied on piano and organ.
April saw Tim present an organ recital on April 13th at Trinity Church in Asbury Park, including works of Weckmann, Elgar, Buxtehude, Sweelinck and his own Three Hymntune Preludes. The church houses a superb Aeolian-Skinner organ and has excellent acoustics - a real pleasure to perform in. On April 26th the John Gronert Jazz Trio returned to First Presbyterian in Belmar for a Saturday evening concert: John on drums, Tim on piano, and Bob Marriner on bass, with guest vocalist Warren Moe - lots of fun! And on April 30th Tim appeared at the Middletown Public Library on a concert of early music presented by The Monmouth Conservatory of Music. On harpsichord Tim played Byrd's The Carman's Whistle and Handel's Suite in B-flat. On recorder he played a Vivaldi sonata, and Jacob Van Eyck's variations on John Dowland's "Lachrymae Pavane".
Guitarist Keith Calmes presented the premiere of Tim's Two Songs for Guitar on a May 18th concert in Belmar. Later in the year Tim appeared with Keith and flutist Marjorie Koharski in a concert at The Middletown Arts Center which featured a performance of Tim's Songs, Dances and a Chorale for recorder and guitar, as well as a repeat performance by Keith of the Two Songs. Keith has asked Tim to compose a new solo guitar piece for him which will appear on a new CD Keith will record in 2010.
On June 8th soprano Katherine Harris and guitarist Christopher Kenniff presented a wonderful concert on the Belmar church concert series that included the premiere of a newly-commissioned work from composer Frank Ezra Levy, as well as a performance of Tim's Songs, Dances and a Chorale (with Tim on recorder).
Summer was mostly occupied, as usual, with service music at Elberon Memorial Church, where Tim presides at the historic Roosevelt pipe organ which dates from 1885. Compositionally, the summer was devoted to Tim's Dreams of the Blue River, commissioned by the New York State Band Directors Association, and premiered March 8, 2009 in Syracuse, NY conducted by Dr. Brian Doyle. Tim was in attendance for the premiere.
Recorder virtuoso Jody Miller presented a recital in the Emory University Faculty series on Sunday, Sept. 21st. Included on the program was Tim's For Solo Recorder, and his Six Early Songs which Jody has masterfully adapted for recorder and percussion from the original trumpet/percussion scoring.
In October of 2008 Tim was guest composer/conductor for the First Middle School Band Conference held at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. Tim conducted an honors middle school band in his Rhythm Machine, along with Larry Daehn's beautiful and classic Country Wildflowers, conducted the University Concert Band in his Pilgrim Traveler, and conducted the combined bands - what a sound! - in his Scale plus Line, just published by LudwigMastersMusic/Kalmus. The piece was a big hit with the large audience in attendance.
Tim will be playing recorder, harpsichord and organ concertos on a March 15th concert with the Georgian Court University String Orchestra in Belmar, and accompanying marimba virtuoso Greg Giannascoli concert on April 5th, also on the Belmar concert series.
New publications include Three Scenes for concert band, forthcoming from Daehn Publications, the possible release (after many, many years) of Sinfonia III by Manhattan Beach Music, and the recently completed Seven American Poets for voice and guitar from Woodbridge Wilson Music. It is likely that some new band pieces will be forthcoming from Maestro & Fox Music and from Grand Mesa Music Publishers later this year. Stay tuned!
Hooray for harpsichords! Hooray for live performance! Hooray for publishers! Hooray for jazz!