as its title suggests, this three-movement contemporary
work draws from various types of pop music and dance
forms, and sets them in a symphonic framework. The
opening movement, Overture, is a short fanfare
based loosely on Irish dance rhythms and melodies.
The second movement, Ballad, receives its inspiration
from various aspects of pop ballads, though no direct
references are made. Dense harmonies and interesting
textures play an important role throughout the movement.
The final movement, Fusion, is a literal combination
of rock, funk, swing, and classical in a contemporary
setting. Intense and driving, this is an excellent
concert finale! You may even want to consider performing
the last movement alone as an encore.