Last weekend, I got to hear a wonderful performance of a new work of mine for wind quintet. The title refers to the new Stumpery Garden at the Missouri Botanical Gardens in my hometown of St. Louis. Stumpery was on the program along with four other excellent works by members of the Central Florida Composers Forum, performed by the recently formed new music chamber collective Alterity.
Orlando is where it’s at.
There is usually an artist creating work live on stage during performances at Timucua. It’s a total coincidence that the paintings this night were tree stumps! You can hear the full concert on this YouTube playlist.
Oh, and just because it’s cool. Here’s a photo from the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Stumpery.
Lush summer foliage has added a lovely backdrop to our stumpery garden, the latest addition to the Garden landscape. Characteristic of the English Romantic period in the 19th century and very popular in the U.K. today, such gardens emphasize the beauty of nature by utilizing the nooks and crannies of upturned tree roots to create ideal conditions for ferns, mosses, and shade-loving plants. #gardensofinstagram 📷: John Evans, Jr.