This summer I'm really looking forward to being part of the Canadian National Brass Project in its inaugural year. Opportunities to play in large brass ensembles are scarce, let alone in a group made of players from Canada's great orchestras. I'm excited to play some great music, but even more excited to work with wonderful players and friends.
All of the arrangements are new to me, so I'm digging in now that the orchestra season is over. We'll be playing Sensemayá, West Side Story, and Pictures at an Exhibition, as well as some other pieces. I've got to get my piccolo chops in shape for the session!
We're rehearsing at the National Youth Orchestra's session in Waterloo, and I'm excited not only to perform for the NYO's players but to teach there as well. I think this year's partnership is a great way to make the most of the fact that so many great Canadian brass players will be gathering together, and will be good for everyone involved.
We'll be performing on July 22nd at the Toronto Summer Music Festival, July 23rd at the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, and July 26th at the Festival of the Sound.
I'm planning on writing about what's going on during the session, so stay tuned!