Heidi Wait: flutes Lindsay Leach-Sparks: alto flute • Wendy Spitzer: oboe Carrie Shull: cor anglais Ben Riseling: clarinet David Jordan: clarinet Rachael Elliott: bassoon • Joseph Provenzano: horn • Zenia Zheng: horn • Kent Foss: trumpet in C Andy Shull: trumpet in B-flat Daniel Zhu: trombone Hank Pellerin: trombone & tuba • Jackson Valentine: timpani & percussion • Leslie Noyce Howard: percussion • Billy Sugarfix: percussion • Lucy Vander Kamp: harp • Katherine Gill: violin • Rebekah Givens: violin • Kathryn Pearson: violin Omar Ruiz-Lopez: violin • Laura Thomas: violin Hjordis Tourian: violin • Emily Yuan: violin Sara Moore: viola • Laura Quillen: viola • Ken Rogerson: viola Katherine Stalberg: viola • John Barrile: cello • Chris Eubank: cello • Joshua Starmer: cello Daniel Thune: double bass Douglas Vuncannon: double bass
Word Premiere October 6th at 8pm

Sydney International Composers Concert 2017
Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney, Australia
Performed by the Sydney Contemporary Orchestra

Program Note

Sinfonietta Fukushima (2013) is a "micro-symphony” that compresses the form into a single, compact movement. A satirical tone poem in reaction to the eponymous disaster in Japan, the work is by turns serious and whimsical. It expresses restlessness in mood and tonality, and attempts to balance pessimism with evocations of nostalgia and a searching, clear-eyed resolution.

Limited Edition CD

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2 Flutes (Flute 1 doubling Alto Flute)
Oboe (doubling Cor Anglais)
2 Clarinets in Bb

2 Horns in F
Trumpet in C


Percussion (2 players)
Claves, Crash Cymbal, Medium Gong, Snare Drum, Splash Cymbal, Tam-tam & Tubular Bells


First Violins, Second Violins, Violas, Cellos & Basses

Abandoned City of Tomioka, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. 2014.
35mm color negative strip



In 2014, the composer visited the radioactive ghost towns of Fukushima. View Fukushima Travelogue, which includes standard and panoramic 35mm photographs and text.


For assistance, thanks to Jay Cartwright, Sara Woodmansee and, especially, Wendy Spitzer. And also thanks to Masao Nakahara for giving me a ride out of the abandoned city of Tomioka.

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