Music teacher's unusual wedding anniversary gift
A romantic music teacher, who commissioned a piece of music as a wedding anniversary gift to his wife, is to see the score brought to life at a special concert.
The Exultant Heart will receive its world premiere when it is performed by the International School of Luxembourg's (ISL) Symphonic Band at the Conservatoire on Tuesday evening.
Band conductor and ISL music teacher Demosthenes (Demo) Dimitrakoulakos said: “I commissioned the piece as an anniversary gift for my wife, Maria. I didn't want to surprise her completely and make her embarrassed at the concert so I told her about it yesterday.”
The stunning score takes listeners on a tour of the early stages of a relationship: the lead-up to a wedding and the ceremony itself or, as the programme suggests: “it is about the joy that true love brings to one's life.”
Demo commissioned US composer Jess Turner to write the piece, after meeting him when he conducted a band in Hartford. “The composer was a trumpet player in the band there. I was conducting one of his pieces and I talked to him afterwards. He was recently married and had a child and has written this beautiful piece,” explained Demo.
It is the second time that the music teacher has commissioned a piece for the ISL Symphonic Band. This year, students spoke to the composer via Skype to better understand the score. And, after weeks of rehearsing, tonight the 35-strong band of 14 to 18-year-olds will play it for the first time in front of a live audience at the Luxembourg Conservatoire in Merl.
Demo said: “I really hope that people will enjoy it. Sometimes world premieres are the first and last time a new piece is heard. But, I don't think that will be the case with this piece. There are already conductors wanting to perform it afterwards.”
As well as the Exultant Heart, the ISL Symphonic band will perform Dresden Score, a graphic improvised score portraying the WWII bombing of Dresden, Zorba the Greek (an opportunity for Demo to share his Greek roots) and music from The Titans movie.
The concert, which includes music from a range of other contributors, is free and begins at 7.30pm.