Belatedly — I’ve had a lot of scrambling to do, to catch up with my normal life after my long vacation — I want to tell you about a performance of my Quartet for Anne, in Milwaukee this Sunday. The Fine Arts Quartet, bless them, are giving the piece what we can’t call its world premiere, because I wrote it for my wife’s birthday two years ago, and surprised her with a performance in our living room. That, as far as we’re concerned, was the world premiere.
So this very welcome Fine Arts performance is being billed, very simply, as the first public performance, which it certainly is. You can read about the piece on my website, and hear the performance in our living room, by four Juilliard students. In Milwaukee, the concert starts at 3 PM, and is at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts, 2419 E. Kenwood Blvd. Tickets are $16, $9 for students and seniors, and are on sale at the UWM Peck School of the Arts box office, (414) 229-4308.
If anyone reading this wants to come, please come early, if you can. I’m part of a pre-concert discussion, and I’d love to meet any readers of my blog. Along with my little five-minute string quartet, the Fine Arts will play the Glazunov cello quintet and the Tchaikovsky string sextet “Souvenir de Florence,” a very romantic program that compliments my own romantic piece very nicely.