Tonight’s the Night!

Hi Everyone!  Please come to my Senior Recital tonight at The Master’s College at 6:00pm!  You will hear a wide variety of music from small ensemble to big band to The Light Princess.  Admission is free, but I would recommend coming early as seats are first come first served.

Thanks and I can’t wait to see you there!

Senior Recital AnnouncementP.S. If you can’t make the concert, the link to the live stream of the concert is here.

Just Finished the Dress Rehearsal!!

Just finished a several hour dress rehearsal with the GBC orchestra and the choir!  It was so much fun to finally see everything come together – especially with the tech team in there!  I especially appreciated Lisa Hernacki’s guidance and leadership as she kept us on track.

Here’s a bird’s eye view of what the concert will look like:

Birds eye view of Dress Rehearsal

Every wonder what is going on behind the scenes?  We have an amazing tech team helping out with this concert!  Here’s a peek into the control room during The Light Princess runthrough.

Control Room During Dress Rehearsal

Now all it needs is an audience! :o)

Taking Candy from a Baby

By far, the most swinging and eclectic piece of the concert is Taking Candy from a Baby. While the title itself may give some pause, the story behind this piece is just as crazy!

I had been given an assignment to come up with a trio for Cello, Horn, and Oboe in the Lydian mode.  In true college student fashion, I waited until the last the night before it was due to begin working on it.  By 2:00am I was stumped, but kept having this melody running through my head.  In my mind, I pictured a funny cartoon of a thief stealing candy from a baby only to be nabbed by the police after a crazy chase —and thus the song was born.

A Baby and His Lollypop

The song waited until this past semester before I had a chance to work on it.  I had just been introduced to the world of Jazz music (which I fell in love with) and decided to incorporate many styles including Rag Time, Brazilian Samba, Boogie Woogie, Cool Jazz, Nursery Rhyme, and Fugue.

I hope you  will enjoy this fun piece written in true Looney Tunes style!

A Labor of Love

Recently, we realized that the picture frames were too heavy for a normal table top stand.  My father, Eric Mack,  took the challenge and spent this past weekend designing and building five collapsable stands that will hold two paintings a piece.

Eric Mack hard at work making frames

Here is the finished product (note that the easels will be hidden under black cloth).

Picture Frame Stand

I am so very thankful for the amount of work that he put into desiging and building these easels in order to make the concert a success.  Thanks dad!

Signing the Art

Artist Jay Wegter came by to sign the artwork.  I am so very grateful for the time and talent he has put into painting these works with excellence!

Jay Wegter signing the artwork

Fun fact: Instead of writing his signature with a pen, Jay actually paints his signature onto the painting. Each signature was had its own unique color palatte of paints that fit perfectly with the painting so that it wouldn’t detract from the artwork at all.

A Story Behind the Story

Everyone loves a good, captivating story.  Seldom, though, do we ever stop to consider that each tale has a story behind the story.  Why did the author choose to write it that way?  What were his inspirations or motivations?

In light of the coming live world premiere of The Light Princess on February 27 and again on March 6, I wanted to take a moment to share with you two behind the scenes stories:  the story behind The Light Princess and the story behind why I wanted to set this magnificent work to music.

I very much appreciate my friend Abigail Beck’s expertise in helping me put this short video together.  I have so enjoyed working on this piece and I can’t wait to share it with you all!

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An Enchanted Meeting

It’s been quite a while since I have been able to post anything, but that certainly wasn’t because things weren’t busy!  While I have been incredibly busy starting work on the score for the short film My Brother, My Hero (as well as finishing the final scenes of The Light Princess), artist Jay Wegter has been hard at work adding three more paintings to The Light Princess collection.

Here’s a sneak peek of the painting where the prince and princess meet for the very first time:



Don’t forget to keep checking back for more info!

Meet the Witch

Artwork by Jay Wegter

Artwork by Jay Wegter

It is never a good idea to forget to invite someone to your daughter’s christening.  Especially when that someone is your own sister … and she’s a witch!

But that’s exactly what the king does in George MacDonald’s The Light Princess, and this witch isn’t especially happy about it.  She’s so mad, in fact, she curses her infant niece by stealing her gravity!

This week, I had the opportunity to see the second picture in this series by artist Jay Wegter and was quite excited to meet my villainess for the first time.  Here is a sneak peek of a portion of the picture.

This scene is from George MacDonald’s short story The Light Princess when the wicked witch, after learning that her curse upon the princess has been thwarted by using the water of a magic lake, decides to exact her revenge.  She revives an ancient and magical snake and uses it to travel underneath and drain the lake.  Then she casts a spell that dries up all of the lakes, rivers, and streams and all of the tears so that there is no more water in the land.Sketch of The Witch

Jay put some incredible detail into this picture and the result fits perfectly with the story!  It was fascinating to watch him transform the piece from a simple storyboard, to a full sketch (as shown here), to the full masterpiece!  I am so excited to be working with him and I can’t wait to finish the rest of the pictures!

Want to see the finished painting?  Keep checking back for more sneak peeks! :o)