|composer Jay Hurst|
American Composers Orchestra: What preparations are you making ahead of the readings with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra?
Jay Hurst: A large part of my preparation has been figuring out how I can help to keep the rehearsals running as efficiently as possible. My job in preparing the score was to make sure the notation was as clear, concise, and as question-free as possible – but, just in case, I’ve been going through the score with a fine-toothed comb, anticipating any and all possible points in the piece where there may be questions from the conductor or the orchestra. Time is a valuable commodity in these reading situations, so the faster I can help answer any technical questions about notation or technique, the quicker the performers can begin to really dig into the piece and make music.
ACO: What was your reaction to finding out your piece had been selected for the Buffalo Philharmonic EarShot New Music Readings?
JH: Totally elated! You know, it’s difficult enough for young composers to have one of their pieces performed and heard, especially if they decide to go and write a piece for orchestra. But to have a group of size and stature like the BPO spend the time to read and perform your first full-fledged orchestra piece is a dream come true. I feel honored and privileged to be a part of the EarShot Readings this year and I can’t wait to work with such high-caliber composers and performers.