World premiere performed by the Portland Youth Conservatory Orchestra Saturday, April 10, 2021 during the PYPFest Vol. 2: “The Orchestra Strikes Back“. Commissioned by the Portland Youth Philharmonic for the Youth Orchestra Commissioning Initiative.
In the autumn of 2020, I was feeling the forces of change and this became the emotional inspiration for the music. The feelings brought an image to mind of trying to balance on separate floats riding the currents, which sometimes move independently in different directions – creating a level of uncertainty and adventure, not quite sure of how to achieve a balance or how to maintain a footing while navigating the “turning tides.” – RW
“In my years of teaching general music as an Orff-Schulwerk music specialist for Pre-K through 6th grade elementary classes, I have never found “classical” music to be beyond the emotional range of my students – at any age. I believe that the real experience of music is about discovery and finding a sense of “ownership” of the process (whether as a musician performing or an audience member listening) and emotional identification. It would be so exciting to be able to share my music with youth orchestras. And, especially with regard to performing contemporary classical works, to share the sense of making history with the performance of a premiere!” – RW