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Patrick J. Burns

Patrick Burns

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General Info

Year: 2017
Duration: c. 8:15
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Bandworks Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $125.00


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Program Notes

My Oasis is not a reference to a fertile desert area, but rather a metaphoric one: a place of reflection, rest, and refuge from the burdens of the world. We all have at least one oasis, whether it be another person, a faith, a pet, a vocation or a hobby -- something or someone to whom we can turn for rejuvenation when we need it most. The music is meant to transport you to that place -- to your place -- in your mind. The music is lyrical, colorful, pensive, sometimes dramatic, but always inviting, I think. The invitation is to listen actively and to imagine.

The work is dedicated, of course, to the New Jersey Wind Symphony, but also to a friend, Todd Stefan, who lost his wife in a tragic accident in July 2014. Before her life ended, Kristen Stefan saved her son and another boy from drowning in Lake Erie. I struggled for three years to write a piece for Todd and Kristen and it just so happens that Oasis became that piece. There is a bittersweet character to this piece, too. In the Oasis, there is always something that we take with us, something that we can never fully leave behind. But we’re all encouraged to try.

- Program Note by composer


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  • Northern Allegheny High School Wind Ensemble (Todd Stefan, conductor) - 3 May 2019 (Wexford, PA)
  • PMEA District 5 Band (Patrick J. Burns, conductor) - 1 December 2018 (Westminster College, PA)
  • Marywood University Wind Symphony (Patrick J. Burns, guest conductor) - 11 November 2018 (Sette LaVerghette Center for the Performing Arts, Scranton, PA)
  • New Jersey City University Symphony of Winds and Percussion (Patrick J. Burns, conductor) - 24 April 2018 (Palisades Park High School, Palisades Park, NJ)
  • New Jersey City University Symphony of Winds and Percussion (Patrick J. Burns, conductor) - 17 April 2018 (Margaret Williams Theater, Jersey City, NJ)
  • New Jersey City University Symphony of Winds and Percussion (Patrick J. Burns, conductor) - 10 April 2018 (North Bergen High School, North Bergen, NJ)
  • Scarsdale (N.Y.) High School Wind Ensemble (Patrick J. Burns, conductor) - 15 March 2018 (Carnegie Hall, N.Y.)
  • New Jersey Wind Symphony (C. Christian Wilhjelm, conductor) - 1 October 2017 (West Side Presbyterian Church, Ridgewood, NJ)

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