Vertices for clarinet ensemble (with saxophone and bassoon) received its premiere on January 10 as the featured commissioned work on the Effortless Clarinet/Saxophone Ensemble Recital hosted by Richard Nunemaker Studios at the University of St. Thomas Cullen Hall. Reynaldo Ochoa conducted the performance.
Refractive Variants for alto flute and guitar received its premiere performance on the March 13 concert of the Guitar and its Friends Music Festival at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. Refractive Variants was performed by the EOS DUO (Kimberlee Goodman, flute and Karl Wohlwend, guitar) for whom it was composed. Adams gave a brief lecture about the piece to the Otterbein composition students immediately prior to the concert. Tim Justus performed the premiere of Coalescence Two for trumpet solo on the March 17 concert of the College Music Society South Central Chapter Conference held at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. Gordon Hicken performed Adams’s Pentagonal Waves for timpani solo on the March 18 concert of the conference.
Additional 2016 Performances
Cryptic Antiphon for trombone choir and two percussionists was performed at the Society of Composers, Inc. Region III conference at Marshall University in Huntington West Virginia on February 25. Dr. Michael Stroeher conducted the performance.
Recombinant for thirteen percussionists was performed at the University of South Florida (Tampa) New Music Festival on March 5 by the USF Percussion Ensemble under the direction of Robert McCormick. Adams gave a presentation entitled “The Hamiruge Ion Project and the Origin of Recombinant” as part of the festival on March 4.
Gordon Hicken performed Adams’s Pentagonal Waves for timpani solo on the March 18 concert of the College Music Society South Central Chapter Conference
Two compositions were featured on the October 6 Texas Southern University (Houston) Music Department Faculty Recital. Brian Perez performed Double Nostalgia for tenor saxophone solo. Between Stillness and Motion for piano solo was performed by Jane Perkyns. Both performers are members of the Texas Southern University Music Faculty.
Percussionist Michael Canning performedVariations sans Theme for snare drum solo on the November 17 Performance Seminar at VanderCook School of Music, Chicago, IL.