(I have a theory— flying in airplanes is now more trouble than it’s worth. Really, everyone should just stay on the ground, it’s much easier).
Back in New Haven after a fantastic few days in Miami, where New World Symphony did right by Some Connecticut Gospel. I’ll post a recording soon; I can’t say enough good things. NWS is a “training orchestra” founded by MTT (is that his MC name?) for players around my age to go and gain some professional experience while they plan their futures— a nice stage in-between school and career. They are in the process of getting their own Frank Gehry hall (everyone’s doing it. I’ve commissioned a garden shed for the backyard, just need to get the zoning cleared up). I got to meet some cool older-kid composers, including David T. Little (looking very clean-cut here) and Jeff Myers. Romanian-born Miami-based composer Daniel Manoiu rounded out a wildly diverse but very satisfying concert of Ives-inspired music.
Here are some NWS musicians doing their thing:
Some Royal Terns (Thanks to my tern-expert brother Guthrie for the identification):