The premiere performance of Augusta Read Thomas' Hemke Concerto: Prisms of Light was a huge success! Dr. Frederick L. Hemke's performance was nonpareil and the collaboration between Maestro William Boughton and the New Haven Symphony Orchestra was simpatico. I do not believe I have ever heard Dr. Hemke sound better! It was a great privilege to attend the concert and join the large contingent of alumni, family and friends who came to Connecticut to attend the festivities.
I would like to thank, once again, everyone who helped make this project come to life. Fred worked tirelessly in consultation with Gusty on the composition. Also, he practiced intensely to put together an incredible realization of the piece. Marjorie Shansky's legal guidance (as well as her fantastic flute playing in the New Haven Symphony Orchestra!) were indispensable to the process of making the finances and the contract work for us. Denise Meyer's organizational skills and hospitality helped make the week's activities a joy for everyone who came to New Haven. William Street kicked our fund raising into high gear last year. He made the difference when he joined our team. Jonathan Helton was the webmaster who made it possible for us to communicate. Susan Nourse and Gail Levinsky, who organized the Hemke Reunion in 2011, set the project in motion through the energy, enthusiasm and organizational flair they brought to the Reunion.