As a thank you to the orchestra for all of their hard work, we put on a dinner for them before the concert.
I had some incredible people working to make it as special as possible – spending hours planning food, decorations, baking, and cleaning.
We decided to do the theme “Classic Music” and I was so impressed with some of the brilliant ideas the had for the decorations!
I am so grateful to their help and the amazing job they did to make the night truly special and the orchestra feel appreciated!
Fun fact: Many people have approached me recently about how much they enjoyed the song that the prince sings during The Light Princess. But did you know that the lyrics of that song were actually written by George MacDonald?
In his book The Light Princess, author George MacDonald wrote out the lyrics for the song he wanted the prince to sing. In order to preserve the story as much as possible, I took his lyrics and set them to music. For the world premiere, this was performed by soloist Richard Dinsmoor and the tune became the main theme of The Light Princess.
Here are a few more pictures from the concert. Enjoy!
By the way, if you missed seeing The Light Princess or would like to see it again, please come to my senior recital at The Master’s College Music Department this Friday at 6:00pm. Looking forward to seeing you there!
I cannot begin to thank my orchestra family enough for the countless hours and rehearsals they poured into making this concert a success. It was such an amazing treat to be able to write for people I knew and hear them add an exra bit into their parts to make it come to life!
Most especially, I really want to thank my conductor Lisa Hernacki for the tireless hours she put in – from conception of the concert to realization. What many of you may not know is that she was one of the key players in setting me on the path to composition. She was the first person to tell me I should consider being a composer and one of the first people to take my writing seriously.
Lisa, thank you for being so influential in my life and for all that you have poured into me!
Last night was truly a magical evening as I was able to see a concert that was four years in the making become a reality!
I have a favor to ask of those who came to the concert: As you can imagine, these tunes have been in my head for four years and we have been rehearsing them for months, so I have no idea what it was like for someone to experience the music for the first time.
I would love to hear from you regarding what your impression was of the concert and your experience! Please share your comments below or feel free to email me.