Seattle Symphony Piccolo and King's High School Christmas Concert
My long-time colleague Eun Cho is the orchestra conductor at King’s High School, and she asked me if I would be interested in playing a solo with one of her groups for their Christmas concert this year. After an enthusiastic yes, I received the music for the delightful work, Turn The Page, written for the unusual combination of piccolo solo, two violins, flute, and piano. The composer, Nathan Johnson notes the following:
I wrote this music as my wife and I were preparing begin a new chapter in our lives with the birth of our son. It represents the joy and love we felt for our little boy.
I have been providing arrangements and orchestrations for the music department at King’s High School in Seattle for the past three years, and I was very excited to be involved in this collaboration with its orchestra and Ms. Dombourian-Eby. I knew I wanted to write a piece that would immediately appeal to the young musicians and their audience as well as give ample opportunity to show off an often-neglected instrument. Specifically, I wanted to highlight the piccolo’s melodic capabilities and its lovely low register.
This piece contains two primary melodies: the first is a lively folk dance called a jig, and the second is a gentle song-like lullaby. The piece starts out with a slow introduction that gradually builds in intensity and excitement until the soloist brings in the main “jig” melody. Several variations follow that highlight the soloist. Soon the music becomes gentler and the soloist “sings” a tender lullaby. Finally, the jig returns—livelier than before—and both the orchestra and the soloist are given the chance to shine before the exciting conclusion.
Seattle Symphony, Flute and Piccolo