This week we catch up with MN Composer Lisa Renee Ragsdale
In November 2018 I received a commission from one Jacqueline Pickett of Atlanta, GA to compose a new work for Double Bass (her instrument) + Cello and Viola. I began work on this in February 2019 and completed my “Ethereal Trio” on May 12/2019 and delivered it to Ms. Pickett a few weeks later with score and parts.
In August 2018, Jeffery Kyle Hutchins, an excellent Saxophonist who received his PhD in Sax Performance from the U of MN, and I began discussions on a new work for him and / or a few other of his friends. A decision was reached for a 3 movement “Sonata” for Alto Sax and piano in late 2018. I have just started work on this composition and expect to completely by early October.
In March 2019, I became concerned about a Butterfly Sanctuary in TX and began work on a Piano Trio titled “Butterfly Screams.” Shockingly I began work in late March and completed this 20 page composition on June 29th, 2019.
Thanks for sharing your news, Lisa, and congratulations on these new pieces!
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