Dance Symphony

Dance Symphony

for chamber orchestra:

1112 2200 tmp perc str

Duration: 14'

This work was created during my tenure accompanying dance classes at the Idyllwild Arts Academy in the late '80s/early '90s. I owe a debt of gratitude to the wonderful teachers and students there — especially dance instructors Diana MacNeil and Jean-Marie Martz, and orchestra conductor Jung Ho Pak —  for inspiring and encouraging me in the creation of this piece — along with other work composed during that period.

Each afternoon I would improvise music for ballet and modern dance classes; if a theme seemed good, I would jot it down. Some of those themes ended up in this symphony.

The music was further developed during long walks in the magical Idyllwild forest ...

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