Conference Corner (Dennis AsKew, Co-host, ITEC 2002)
Dateline.. ..Greensboro, NC, USA, Sunday, June 2, 2002
As daylight unfolds, the charming southern town of Greensboro is in a seemingly idyllic state. A five day festival of concerts featuring the world’s top musicians has left a deep impression on all that were witnesses to the event. The level of artistry was quite simply, astounding. Concerts which featured Symphonia, the Dixie Power Trio, The United States Army Band, the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, the Triangle Brass Band, the Dutch Tuba Quartet, the Boston Brass, and too many others to try to list, exhausted those who attended. A GOOD kind of exhaustion.
Oh, and the concerts featured tubists and euphoniumists. Lots of them. Performances took place in UNCG’s historic Aycock Auditorium and at the new School of Music facility (2 concert halls, three lecture facilities). Performances also took place in the Four Seasons Mall, Greensboro Children’s Museum, multiple churches, parks and restaurants. The locals were inundated, and will never be the same (better, of course, for the experience).
From the opening recitals on Tuesday, through to the closing concert on Saturday night and the after-hours party at the conference hotel (Greensboro Downtown Marriott which saw a party every night ) masterclasses, lessons, recitals, group sessions, (pretty much, you name it, it happened) went on throughout the day, each day. There were, of course, competitions showcasing the finest young talent from around the world. Several of them rehearsed all week under the batons of Todd Fiegel (of Celluloid Tubas fame) and Tom Stein (professor of tuba and euphonium at UMKC) as members of the World Honors Euphonium/Tuba Ensemble and the High School All-Star Ensemble, respectively.
Dozens of premieres of new works continued to show new and exciting ways that tubas and euphoniums can be presented and heard. Virtually each recital and concert contained a performance of at least one work for tuba or euphonium that can be played by virtually any level performer. Of course, in the hands of these master performers everything sounded great, just great! To have had the opportunity to see and hear, meet and greet, to re-new old acquaintances, make new friends, experience southern hospitality-all in the company of 500+ of the world’s best people. Wow those who attended were truly fortunate.
We hope you ALL will come to Greensboro next May.