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Circular Dancing
Date Completed:April 18, 2000
Duration:about 3 and a half minutes
Instrumentation:original version: string orchestra and percussion
full orchestra version: picc2222 4220 perc str
First Performance:string orchestra: University of Pittsburgh Chamber Orchestra, November 19,1997 Pittsburgh full orchestra version: University of Pittsburgh Chamber Orchestra, April 30, 2000 - Civic Arena, Pittsburgh
Comments:string orchestra version:to Sherilyn Gray; full orchestra version in honor of Christopher Kizina’s graduation from the University of Pittsburgh, April 30, 2000
Program Notes:Circular Dancing for string orchestra was commissioned in 1995 by Sherilyn Gray for the Hyre Middle School Orchestra in Akron Ohio and is a reworking of two pieces from my incidental music for a production of Gertrude Stein’s A Circular Play - a Play in Circles. The first performance of that version was given by the University of Pittsburgh Chamber Orchestra under my direction on November 19, 1997.

I later expanded it for full orchestra in honor of Christopher Kizina’s graduation from the University of Pittsburgh and it was played on that occasion at the Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, April 30, 2000.
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