Join Michael Avitabile of Hub New Music and Hope Wilk in creating a new piece inspired by the annual Monarch Butterfly migration. The piece receives its US premiere in the 2020–21 concert season. Join now to give its regional or international premiere!
3,000 Miles, takes its name from the distance monarch butterflies travel each fall to their overwintering ground “high up on just a few mountains in central Mexico.” No single butterfly completes this round trip. It takes multiple generations. Accordingly, my piece is in five movements, like a Baroque keyboard suite.
The piece connects directly to an important conservation project. The church at which the premiere will be held has been raising funds to build a monarch waystation. My friend Luke Blackburn organized the concert, and the larger Project EcoMusic series, as a way “to present conservation as . . . an immersive educational and artistic experience.”
Commission at a Glance
- Instrumentation: Flute and harp
- Difficulty: College/Professional
- Duration: 8–12 minutes
- Form: 3-5 short, contrasting movements
- Completion Date: August 1, 2020
Consortium members receive the following benefits:
- Co-exclusive performance rights for a year after the premiere date (TBD)
- Input on technical and artistic details during the work’s revision
- PDF of completed score and part on project completion date (a $15 value)
- Corrected hard copy of score and part after the premiere (a $25 value)
- Your name and your professional affiliation and/or orchestra included on the title page
- Right to record the work for personal portfolio and/or audition CD
- Right to record the work for non-commercial online audio and/or video streaming
Preview: “Sunshine, Freedom, and a Little Flower”
This is the February 8 draft of the first movement. It contains some small errors (title, harp pedaling, and a few other details) but otherwise represents the movement’s near final version. It is a good example of what the rest of the piece will be like.
Photo credit (opening image): Dwight Sipler, “Monarch in flight,” flickr.com/photos/photofarmer.