"How did it get so late so soon?", for violin and orchestra

Performance of third movement of new violin concerto (composed May 2016) from Tytuvenai Festival, in Lithuania. For further information,  and video of the first two movements, please follow this link: "How Did It Get So Late So Soon?

"How Did it Get So Late So Soon?" is a musing on time folding back on itself, in homage of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss, whose wildly creative illustrations and texts inspired the melodic shapes and satirical overtones of the work.

This twenty-five minute concerto is the latest in a series of works exploring non-linear perception and connection. Earlier such compositions include "The Space Between Us" for eight strings, Trimpin percussion and radiodrum (2011); "Quiet Places," for string quartet (1996); and "Dybbuk," for chamber ensemble (1980).

It was premiered on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 8:00 pm at the Tytuvenai Festival, Lithuania. Karen Bentley Pollick, violin; Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre Orchestra, Robertas Šervenikas, conductor.

The US premiere (in slightly different orchestration) was Nov. 11, 2016 with Karen Bentley Pollick and the Boulder Chamber Orchestra, Bahman Saless, conductor.

The title is taken from this short poem by Dr. Seuss:

“How did it get so late so soon?
It's night before it's afternoon.
December is here before it's June.
My goodness how the time has flewn.
How did it get so late so soon?”