Category: Performances

It starts with a downbeat

Manitou Winds

This post was originally published in preparation for our May 2016 performance. We’re sharing it again in anticipation of the world premiere of Jason’s first two works for symphony orchestra! We hope you’ll join us Saturday, July 9, as Manitou Winds joins with the… Continue Reading “It starts with a downbeat”

2021 Winter Songs & Carols

Winter Songs & Carols | Grace Episcopal Traverse City

Ah, yes again, the mellow sun is cooler. Days are short and nights are longer by the fire of family love. The evening speaks of hearts together now; the harvest done, and gone to rest for winter’s coming home. – G. Norbett I’m sure… Continue Reading “2021 Winter Songs & Carols”

The Pitter-Patter

Another original piece premiering at our 2019 A Celtic Summertide concert is a colorful quartet for flute, clarinet, guitar, & harp by our own Laura Hood! Entitled Happy Feet, it’s an up-tempo, spirited rejoinder to her quiet and serene Summer Waltz (which was included… Continue Reading “The Pitter-Patter”

Beneath Leafy Branches

One of the new selections on our 2019 A Celtic Summertide program was composed by Jason based on an old Irish folk tune. Folk tunes often have origins that are difficult or downright impossible to trace. Jason found his tune of choice was no… Continue Reading “Beneath Leafy Branches”

A Celtic Summertide 2019

In the summer of 2018, we performed a concert at Frankfort’s Oliver Art Center featuring traditional and original music from Ireland, Scotland, Nova Scotia, & the United States. That August 2018 concert was such a resounding success and received such a positive response from… Continue Reading “A Celtic Summertide 2019”

Finding the Words

This post was written in preparation for our May 2019 concert, Found Objects. “Music takes a long time to speak—much longer than words by themselves” —Ralph Vaughan Williams Poetry and song have been natural companions since time immemorial, but in Western Classical music, it… Continue Reading “Finding the Words”

Whoa!

Inspiration can turn up anyplace, whether or not you’re searching for it. It can be found trailside on a walk through a familiar nature preserve, casually absorbed while people watching from your favorite café window, or even scribbled amid the pages of an old… Continue Reading “Whoa!”

Spinning Tales from Seven Bagatelles

This post was written in preparation for our May 2019 concert, Found Objects. What is a bagatelle? Is it a fancy pasta shape traditionally served in a light béarnaise sauce? A hearty Italian bread served alongside a cheeseboard? Actually, it’s neither of those things,… Continue Reading “Spinning Tales from Seven Bagatelles”

Found Objects

Do inanimate objects have a narrative, a story to tell from their perspective? Can ordinary objects be viewed as works of art? Artists have explored this concept throughout history in one form or another, but composer Jenni Brandon (b. 1977) may be the first… Continue Reading “Found Objects”

Album Release Party!

On Saturday, March 9, 2019, we invited everyone to Rove Estate Vineyard & Winery in Leelanau County to celebrate with us in the release of our debut album, First Flight. An afternoon of excellent local wine and beautiful local music, it was great to… Continue Reading “Album Release Party!”