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"Galileo Images the Moon," NASA (PIA00130 - 1992)

Half Moon Nocturne
for Clarinet in B-flat, Bassoon, Horn in F, Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello & Bass
Andrea Reinkemeyer (Ann Arbor, Michigan - 2007)
Commissioned by and dedicated to H. Robert Reynolds and The Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings

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Half Moon Nocturne (2007) for chamber ensemble was commissioned by, and is dedicated to, H. Robert Reynolds and the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings. The first performance, conducted by Miller Asbill, was given by the ensemble on October 21, 2007.

Half Moon Nocturne is a sonic exploration of the beautiful Pinckney Recreation Area in Southeast Michigan. I have enjoyed numerous hikes with my husband around the Half Moon and Silver Lakes, yet I am continually amazed by the unique beauty and subtle transformation of familiar objects with the change of season. Winter’s stark, dry lines draw a nice contrast with summer’s lush palette of varying greens amidst hot, humid swamps and the din of toads.

While this is my first piece about Michigan's natural beauty, it follows in a long line of pieces inspired by nature. Half Moon Nocturne combines disparate musical elements to create an aural synthesis of visual and emotional cues drawn from my experiences there. Duration ca. 9:45.



Premiere Performance:

Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 3:00 p.m.
Lucky Sevens, Crazy Eights
Birmingham Unitarian Church (Michigan)

Preview: 2:15 p.m.
In conversation, composer Andrea Reinkemeyer

Johannes Brahms, Trio in A Minor, Op. 114
Andrea L. Reinkemeyer, Half Moon Nocturne
Ludwig van Beethoven, Septet in E-flat Major, Op. 20

Article in the Detroit Free Press by Mark Stryker (PDF)
Press Release by Suzy Tebeau

The Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings
Laurence Liberson, clarinet; Victoria King, bassoon
Bryan Kennedy, horn; Michele Cooker, piano
Kim Kaloyanides Kennedy, violin; Hang Su, viola
Debra Fayroian, cello; Craig Rifel, bass
Miller Asbill, conductor
Sponsored by: The Center for Financial Planning, The Family of Burton D. Jones

Autumnal Songs:

Friday, October 24, 2008 - 8:00 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring, Maryland
Great Noise Ensemble
Armando Bayolo, conductor

Season Finale:

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 - 8:00 p.m.
Christ and St. Stephen's Church
120 West 69th Street (between Broadway & Columbus), New York City
The North/South Chamber Orchestra
Max Lifchitz, conductor

New Music Week:

Sunday, January 31, 2010 - 8:00 p.m.
Bryan Recital Hall, College of Musical Arts
Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, Ohio)
New Music Ensemble
Kenneth Thompson, director
Katherine Kilburn, conductor