beauty…beholder: the aftermath – part one

The Xavier University Symphonic Winds world premiered beauty…beholder this past weekend.  It was a pretty amazing experience on many different levels both personally and professionally, and there’s a lot of stuff buzzing around in my head about it that i wanted to get it down into a couple of blog entries while it was all still fresh.  The experience splits itself naturally into two parts – first, my experience with the ensemble with some postnotes about the trip in general, and second, the piece itself – my reaction to it, other people’s reaction to it, and my reaction to their reactions.  This entry will address the former.

First, a few words about the ensemble.