Concerto for Piano, Winds, and Percussion
My Concerto for Piano, Winds, and Percussion is one of the only works I have written that is not programmatic. It is not about an event or occurrence in my life. If I had to say this work is about anything, I would say it is about enjoying life to its fullest and never taking a moment for granted. The first movement, marked "Joyful," is a reflection on the joys and humor in life. The second movement begins quietly and introspectively. It stands alone without excess and is a moment of meditation that attempts to speak for itself. The following cadenza slowly storms in and is essentially the thematic sum of the music up to that point. Finally, the fourth movement continues the conflict of the cadenza, gradually bringing the work back into a state of resolution.
Video of first movement, performed by the composer with the University of Puget Sound Wind Symphony, conducted by Gerard Morris:
Audio to all four movements, performed by Nathaniel LaNasa with the University of Colorado Wind Symphony, conducted by Jeffrey Lehman: