The whole production of making a symphony recording is an incredible journey from concept to completion. I am grateful to the talented and dedicated team of artistic, technical and administrative personnel who lovingly attended to this project with perseverance and patience. The advent of this recording, the very first for Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra, has coincided with an exciting new era for Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra, so it is particularly gratifying that this CD is being released in our second year as Orchestra in Residence at the Lied Center for Performing Arts.
It is impossible for me to express in words the magnitude of Joe Locke’s artistry and the utter beauty of his musical and humanitarian soul. Likewise, I am grateful to Joe for introducing me to the members of his outstanding quartet—Ryan Cohan, Lorin Cohen, and Carmen Intorre—all of whom share the same level of artistry and commitment to creating transformative musical performances. The musicians of Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra gave thoughtful attention to every detail contained in this music, and they breathed life into the orchestral charts so carefully arranged by Tim Garland and Ryan Cohan, and sonically preserved so beautifully by Jeff Jones, the Jedi Master.
I would also like to thank our sponsors, the Berman Music Foundation, the Lincoln Community Foundation, the Rogers Foundation, and my dear friend Loreta Tiemann. And finally, I am especially grateful to LSO’s incredible Executive Director, Barbara Zach, whose tireless efforts, limitless nurturing of our symphony family, and infinite patience serve as a constant source of inspiration for me.