Yes, that’s right. On Friday, February 5 (as I’m writing this, that’s a week from yesterday) at 8:00 PM, last week’s OvreArts concert, “Igor et al,” will be broadcast on Classical WQED-FM 89.3 as part of Performance in Pittsburgh, and that will include my latest opus, a piece for winds entitled .38.
As you can probably guess, a piece of music with a title like .38 has a story behind it. I shared some thoughts before the ensemble played the piece (which they did extremely well, by the way), and while I hope the powers that be will choose to include my introduction, I don't know if they will. So, what follows is, more or less, what I said. Please, before you listen to the broadcast, read this. More than any piece I’ve ever written, .38 benefits from, even demands, context.
I graduated from high school the same year as the Columbine shooting. This was also the same year as a shooting scare at my own high school. The shooting didn’t actually happen, but it probably would have resulted in an even higher body count than Columbine if the principal hadn’t heard about it, and called the police, on the day it was set to take place.
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