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Eastside Symphony Concert featuring "Redmond Overture Debut"  Download Copy
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Dec 2 2012 3:00 PM -- 4:00 PM
Description Jeffrey Taylor began composing at age 16. Though largely self-taught, he has studied film scoring with Hummie Mann and composition with Samuel Jones. Over the years he has written pop songs, piano solos, and more recently, various works for brass ensemble, several of which are published by Solid Brass Music. He has also composed full symphonies; his Suite Holidays and In Memoriam 911 have been premiered by the Eastside Symphony, and the Redmond Overture will premiere at the December concert. Jeff is a member of ASCAP and the Seattle Composers Alliance.

In addition to composing, Jeff plays tuba with the Eastside Symphony, the Highline Community Band, Brass Band Northwest, and the Black Diamond Brass Quintet. He has studied tuba with retired Seattle Symphony tubist, Michael Russell. For more information about Jeff and about his compositions, visit his web site at www.artsnsounds.com.

About Redmond Overture... "At the end of the 2011-12 Eastside Symphony concert season, director Alexei Girsh asked me to consider writing something to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the city of Redmond, Washington. There was no commission involved, so that left the choice of music entirely up to me. This overture, unlike the very specific musical descriptions of some of my other 'program' pieces, is really more about mood. The history of Redmond is relatively uneventful. No Indian warfare. No historic battles. The greatest disruptions were Prohibition when the saloons closed and reduced the city's tax base, and the exhaustion of the supply of logs which changed the agricultural industry from logging to farming. The four-note opening motive of this piece represents a brief but ever-present uncertainty of the future. The serenity of the Sammamish River Valley can be heard in the long, peaceful theme that follows, while the everyday enjoyment of activities and business bustle of companies like Microsoft take shape in the faster middle section. Redmond's 100th birthday is on December 31, 2012."

For more information and to see our full program for Sunday, please visit  www.eastsidesymphony.org