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Brian Balmages

Brian Balmages


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General Info

Year: 2021
Duration: c. 12:30
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Unknown
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Errata

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Program Notes

In the summer of 2020, I presented a virtual clinic to a large group of music teachers in Fairfax County, Virginia. Afterward, Kelsey Burch stayed on and asked to speak with me about a project. She had recently heard Love and Light, a piece I wrote about the difficult subject of infant loss, miscarriage and stillbirth. And she told me she was hoping that I would take on a subject that was central to her life.

Cancer.

For cancer patients and survivors. For their friends and family. For everyone who has been affected by this awful disease ... I have finally completed Stages, a piece for Kelsey Burch, a Fairfax County (Va.) band director who is dealing with Stage 4 colon cancer. Score and parts have been delivered, and the most unique “premiere” I have been a part of is about to happen.

For those who know Kelsey, you know that she miraculously went into remission last summer. And then the cancer came back, much more aggressively this time. While the original intent was to premiere the piece in the winter, Kelsey has been in the hospital quite a bit over the last several weeks and she just recently received news about her prognosis -- about a month. And while she has heard the mock-up, she was certainly sad that she wouldn't be able to hear it live. Well ... the JMU [James Madison University] Wind Symphony (coincidentally both my and Kelsey’s alma mater) has jumped on board to premiere the piece via live-stream for Kelsey, her friends and family -- as well as all those whose lives have been touched by cancer. The premiere will be on Monday, April 26. After a 45-minute rehearsal or so, we will take a short break and then return to do the “premiere.” Anyone who is interested may tune in. It’s going to be a powerful evening.

- Program Note by composer, 26 April 2021


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Performances

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  • James Madison University (Harrisonburg, Va.) Wind Symphony (Brian Balmages, conductor) - 26 April 2021 *Premiere Performance*


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