I’m flying to Prince George next week to perform Mathieu Lussier’s ODDBIRD CONCERTO with the Prince George Symphony Orchestra, led by Michael Hall on May 29 at 2:00 pm
I started the bassoon when I was in high school in Prince George and my first orchestral experiences were with this orchestra when it was first created. Amazing to return as a senior bassoonist, playing one of the great concerti written for me, on a Canadian-made blue Bell bassoon. Then I’m going to visit Nadina Mountain and other places of my youth. Please join me for the concert if you can!
This composer is full of ferocious joy and energy, and this relatively short (13′) concerto has enthusiastically kicked my butt for the last few months. I’m truly looking forward to the event of playing it live with the committed and strong students at SUNY Fredonia with their leader, Dr Paula Holcomb.
I have made mixed media art as an almost unconscious part of the reflection and integration of this challenging and dynamic and very new piece of music.
And here is a quote from the composer:
“Music for me is an embrace of the world – a way to open myself up to being alive in the world in my body, in my sounds, and in my mind.”— Augusta Read Thomas
DARWOOD’S WILD BASSOON
A supremely gifted young fighting dragon struggles to convince his family and community that playing the bassoon is his heart’s desire and life’s purpose.
On the eve of his final burning, looting and terrorizing exams (BLT), Darwood takes a big chance and flies back in time to discover all the elements that lead to a surprise ending and general rejoicing.
Fun for the whole family, this compelling 40′ story is performed by acclaimed solo bassoonist, Nadina Mackie with guest narrator and accompanied by great orchestral and solo music for bassoon with string orchestra and percussion, enhanced with digital projections of 25 of Nadina’s gigantic paintings.
When the physical paintings are also exhibited in connection to the show, audiences see the hands-on, real-life art that went into the show and we offer guided art workshops for all ages as part of the experience.
Contact me if you or your orchestra is interested in presenting this extraordinary celebration of imagination, diversity and classical music in Darwood’s Wild Bassoon.
JOIN MAILING LIST
On Saturday, March 12 at 2:30 and 7:30 pm, I will play Matheiu Lussier’s Oddbird Concerto with the Peterborough Symphony conducted by Michael Newnham. Join us for a wonderful concert (Wings of Sound) that includes Dvorak’s Serenade for Strings and opens the 2022 season for this orchestra.