A Journey Through The Creative Process:

Coming Out Of Challenging Times

The Orchestra on the Hill continues its collaborative creative journey, bringing together musicians, composers, artists, dancers and choreographers to explore the themes that are shaping our world.

Emergence Graphic by Alyssa Palance

WELCOME SOLITUDE by Thomas Palance. We have all been abruptly physically isolated from our friends and family. Nothing can separate us from our solitude. 

CARESS by Ipswich Moving Company, danced by Jenny CarlsonMusic inspired by Julie Meneghinni, Orchestrated by Thomas Palance. A dance improvisation exploring sense of touch using indirect light and energy. The resulting movement quality suggests solitude and a hope of intimacy.

TOGETHER by Chris Florio. The together quartet was the first composition I wrote for my very limited ensemble of one person. The cellist learned a Cmajor scale the day before and that is currently all he can play. The guitar player was not bad. I wrote this with the idea of being able to develop the melodic themes much more when the Orchestra on the Hill can play together.

MUSIC AND POEM by G. Paul Naeger. Solo by Michael Naeger. I find that when you’re in solitude, with little more to do than think, feelings of well-being set in, followed by anxiety. The two seem to interchange.

NOCTURNES by Stoney Stone. Music by Chris Florio. As a visual artist I am alert to all the senses and the way they affect my vision. During my time in Quarantine here in Ipswich I became acutely aware of the new silence. One night, around 10 PM, I decided to go and make a visual record of the “silence” by taking a walk around our beautiful town. I likened it to a movie set with all the crew and actors gone home for the night. Here’s some of what I saw.

Do You See Me? This new work composed by Tom Palance was inspired by Julie Meneghini's idea to match a clarinet melody to Cory Booker’s words from a senate floor speech, “Do You See Me?”. A new member of our creative team Randyll Collum has produced the video and Chris Florio did a masterful job on recording and mixing the sound. The orchestra members were safely recorded at ICAM studios and made recording easy because of their wonderful skills! It has been such a joy to take part in this effort we call “Emergence”, and I look forward to creating more work. Stand by for a couple of new works by Chris and G.Paul Naeger as we use the collaborative arts to inform and heal.

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