World premiere of the percussion concerto, Portraits of Immortal Love by Sean O’Boyle written for Symphony Tacoma and Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra for percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie. With support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
“‘Portraits of Immortal Love’ constantly evolves into emotional sound stories depicting the power of love of all those involved in World War 1. Although this piece is a percussion concerto, the composer writes beautifully for the orchestra, allowing everything and everyone to shine thus creating air and balance in his music. The writing for percussion has great balance between exciting virtuosity and sheer beauty.” ~Dame Evelyn Glennie
“…as a showcase of percussion colors – spooky waterphone, celestial bowed crotales, inhuman shell chimes – and as an emotional tribute to the love, courage and sacrifice of those who lived through World War I, it’s both brilliant and heartfelt.” ~Rosemary Ponnekanti, Tacoma New Tribune