I just returned from a trip to Anaheim, California, where two friends presented a performance of my work for violin and piano, Overheated. The performance took place at the MTNA national conference which was held at Disneyland, of all places. (How many other composers can say they had a piece played there?) Friends Iggy Jang and Jonathan Korth flew out from Hawaii for the performance of the piece, which was commissioned by the Hawaii Music Teachers’ Association and which they premiered last Fall in Honolulu. The performance was part of MTNA’s “Distinguished Composer of the Year” recital, a title that most certainly doesn’t suit me, and it was great to see so many familiar faces from Hawaii again. Both Iggy and Jon gave a stellar, energized performance. I think the highlight was the contrast of the background music from “The Lion King” playing in the hallway pitted against Iggy and Jon’s aggressive playing of my piece. Afterwards we all couldn’t resist the temptation of Disneyland and went forth to conquer Space Mountain.
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