In September, I gave the world premiere of Andrew Boss's Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Chamber Orchestra. Big thanks go to the wonderful musicians of Symphony Number One, conductor Jordan Randall Smith, composer Andrew Boss, and everyone who attended the concert for making this premiere a success! We received a smashing review from Tim Smith at the Baltimore Sun, and a recording available for purchase is on the way.
I sincerely hope this concerto makes it into the standard saxophone repertoire. Boss's innovative approach to contemporary saxophone writing combines with "a fundamentally tonal, often vividly spiced language" and performing forces small enough to fit nearly any venue. The result is a brilliant addition to the saxophone's repertoire. I'm looking forward to many future performances!
In addition to the premiere, I have been appointed the new Executive Director of Symphony Number One! In this position, I will be helping to make key artistic and organizational decisions to serve the orchestra's mission. I'm excited to be contributing in this way, and I can't wait to see what we can accomplish this year. Stay tuned!