Corcoran Music Festival 2020

Corcoran Music Festival

Moderator Professor Ning Yu 

Alison Crockett:  Music Video – You’re Everything by Chick Corea from her new CD Obrigada.  Felipe Silveira, Piano, Thiago Alves, Bass and Paulinho Vicente, drums. Directed by Luca Silveira, and filmed in the DC metropolitan area and at GW, this video shows the love of mother to her children through joyfully dancing through life. Professor Crockett rearranged the Chick Corea classic Brazilian based song, originally sung by the great Flora Purim, into a soulful funky modern song that is joyful and makes us all want shake our groove thing. 


Douglas Boyce: Thak's Mammoth Anecdote (Premiere) Jeremy Koch, alto saxophone and Molly Orlando, piano 


Thak's Mammoth Anecdote is a piece both new and old; Professor Boyce began composing the piece in 1995 at the University of Oregon while pursuing his master's degree, but it was never performed; while reviewing his catalog during the isolation of COVID he rediscovered this unfinished score, and found it similar to work he had begun to sketch for Molly Orlando and Jeremy Koch, and was intrigued by the notion, as he approached a “notable” birthday, to review the work of that young composer that bore the name Douglas Boyce.  Professor Boyce continues, “It should be noted that I date the work 2020; my work in the summer was the completion of the work, not merely edit or revision; in a peculiar way, this re-engagement with material from my younger self is akin to my work with other historical sources; the need to consider context, and acknowledge and frame the past while at the same time reshaping with affect and technics of the current state of the art. The original piece (to my recollection) was to have an extensive program note, a musical short-story with a childlike character, a tale told by a caveman telling, recounting his most glorious hunt, show-boating with intermittent sophistication, but mostly of brute force.  The note was not recovered, however, leaving only a peculiar title and a few inscrutable character and tempo marking. Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.” 


Jeremy Koch is an active saxophonist, chamber musician, and teacher who is based in the Washington, D.C. area. He has been a member of the United States Air Force Band since 1998 and was selected as principal saxophone in 2015.  


Molly Orlando is recognized as a soloist, collaborator, teacher and adjudicator throughout the metropolitan Washington, DC area. Ms. Orlando currently serves on the faculty of George Washington University and owns and operates the Opal Music Studio in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. 


Students TBD