Hey guys - I've been swamped lately and thankfully it's not getting better until at least July of next year! Anyway, I thought I'd post a quick (not really...) sample of something I recorded last night. I'm not 100% pleased with the sound of the brass as they sound a little boxy and the strings a tad thin, but it's the piece that I dig! This is a new composition by Edward Messerschmidt and, to me, it's wonderful. You can clearly hear the Mahler influence in the piece with the expansion and inversion of motifs and overall lyrical style. The funny thing about this recording... We were scheduled to do it at the Performing Arts School in Prince William, VA but, due to severe weather, the school shut down early. So...we went to our orchestra's usual venue - a church on the other side of the county (with questionable acoustics...) However, the road was flooded out, so no go there either.... Anyway, we wound up at another church back on the other side of the county again and recorded. We lost a few players (mainly upper strings) due to the weather (lost as in *couldn't make it* not the other connotation.) About 80% of the musicians are pros, the other are serious amatuers. There are a couple spots with funky intonation, but considering we were 10 musicians or so down and frazzled, I'd say a decent performance. So here's the link: (Dead Link Removed) It's the full work, so the file size is a bit on the large size (around 10MB). ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Also, I thought I'd punch in and let you guys know of some of the upcoming gigs that I'll be recording - I hope to get releases to post most if not all of the groups' samples. tomorrow - American Balalaika Orchestra - Schlesinger Concert Hall Monday - Soprano Toni Crowder - National City Christian Church (for reference, this church has the second largest pipe organ in the DC metro area with over 7,000 working/active pipes!) Monday night - not recording, but playing with the venerable Friday Morning Music Club in the Kennedy Center. Remy - Bruce is recording this one - will you be there too? Friday and Saturday Dec 1 and 2 - Gay Men's Chorus of Washington - GMU Lisner Auditorium December 5 - XM satellite headquarters- will be attending the Sennheiser/Neumann Microphone clinic. December 6th and 8th - Washington Symphonietta - National City Christian Church Well...anyway - that's a short look into the future. I'd love to say that I hate being this busy, but that would be a dreadful lie! Cheers all! J.