I went to Shawnee Mission East today to meet Tracy Resseguie (who commissioned Arise, Shine for Carnegie Hall) and to hear his Choraliers sing.

When they pulled out Leonardo Dreams as their first piece to sing, I thought “Oh no!” But when I heard them start singing, I thought “Oh my!!” They’re FANTASTIC! Tracy has a wonderful rapport with his students and motivates them to amazing heights of excellence and musicality. I’m very excited about writing for them!

Once I finish the band transcription of A Basque Lullaby, Arise, Shine will be my main project. We’re still trying to decide how to best open a program with the Lauridsen Lux Aeterna on it. We could go for a big, loud, fast exciting piece, or we could go with something that builds and builds to paint the idea of “Arise.” I’m leaning toward the latter, but we’ll see…