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“One Nation” Success, New Video

Thank you to everyone who came to the “One Nation, Under God” event. I enjoyed performing the patriotic music with the different choirs. The youth choirs were especially fun to listen to (and watch…some of them were so little!). I hope everone had a good time.

I have also updated the Featured YouTube video with a fine rendition of the first trombone solo in Mahler’s Third Symphony. This is one of the very few instances of orchestral literature that features the trombone in such a prominent way, and van Rijen does a great job. Check it out on the sidebar.

“One Nation, Under God” 2011

Once again, Lex de Azevedo and the Millenium Choir present “One Nation, Under God”, an inspiring and patriotic evening of music and speech.  I invite you to attend this free performance on February 19 at 7:00 pm in the Utah State Capital Rotunda. Last year’s performance was fantastic and I am looking forward to performing again in this wonderful show.

See the Millenium Choir’s Website for more information.

New Menus, New Videos, New Stuff!

Howdy! It’s been a while since I have done an actual post, but things have been somewhat busy behind the scenes with some new stuff and a bunch of tweaks.

Menus – WordPress.com has finally added in customizable drop-down menus! I have been trying to keep navigation simple and straightforward without, but I have been hoping for these since I started the site! This will make it so I can add a lot more and still keep it easy to find. I have already added several items under the main pages – take a look!

Featured YouTube Link- I have been featuring different YouTube videos with excellent playing. There is a link to previously featured videos just under the current feature, but since the links are kind of hard to see, most of you have probably not clicked it. So, for those who have missed any, the link is still there, but there is also a drop-down link under “Media”.

New YouTube Feature – Speaking of YouTube features, check out the latest video of the Metropole Orchestra Big Band with Martin van den Berg on bass trombone. This guy’s got a great bass sound and leads the group in a fun, bouncy tune.

New Events

  • Bells on Temple Square – This is after the fact, but I performed in a brass choir that assisted the Bells on Temple Square on Friday, June 11th.  We accompanied them on several pieces and also performed Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man.” This was a great concert and I really enjoyed working with the bells. If you get a chance to see a hand-bell choir, take it!
  • BYU SummerFest – I am assisting the Orchestra at BYU’s Summer Music Festival. The concert is Saturday, June 19 at 3:00 in the DeJong Concert Hall.

Phew! I think that is everything for now. Thanks for visiting.

“One Nation, Under God” Celebration

I hope some of you were able to attend the “One Nation, Under God” performance at the state capital building! Over 400 choir members were accompanied by a band in a patriotic performance. It was a fun, inspirational night of music and uplifting comments. I also hope everyone’s bums and legs are ok, since they didn’t have enough seating for the large crowd!