And on Friday, through today, my closest artistic colleague and dear friend, Peter Bevis has been playing Shadows on large loudspeakers, outside his bronze foundry in the Fremont District of Seattle, as he prepares to go to the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. When he arrives, he will cast victims of the BP oil spill, where they have washed up on the beach. Then he will bring them back to his foundry in Seattle, to cast them into bronze statues which will bring back memories of this awful crime for tens of thousands of years.
And on Friday the Anchorage Civic Orchestra performed the debut of my newest work, Hindu Kush, in Anchorage. It was well received:
The audience — some of whom had been trying to applaud since the end of the first movement — gave a standing and shouting ovation and called the composer, who was also the conductor for the concert, back for three bows.