Program Notes

This work is about calling: to awaken the spirits, to one’s love, to dance so that we may forget.... At various times, the soloist calls to the audience or different members of the ensemble, and ensemble members call to each other. Sometimes one performer dominates the conversation, sometimes a graceful dialogue emerges, sometimes pleas go unanswered. "Calling..." was commissioned by the Mid-American Conference Band Directors Association. The first performance was given by Michael Henoch (oboist with the Chicago Symphony) and the Central Michigan University Wind Symphony, at the 50th anniversary convention of the College Band Directors’ National Association in Kansas City, Missouri.