Posted on The Gena Branscombe Project Facebook page on May 9, 2022 was the following:
Tuesday, May 3rd at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Gena Branscombe’s 1913 composition “Festival Prelude/March” was given its 21st century premiere. The Gena Branscombe Project 2020 conductor scholarship winner, Damali Willingham, not only conducted the performance but also arranged this orchestral piece for wind ensemble.
Willingham poured musical talents into the arrangement creating a score filled with lush textures, delicacy of melody and rhythmic drive. Damali conducted the piece with authority knowing every note and phrase then drew it together with her ensemble to make heartfelt music. The Gena Branscombe Project thanks Damali and professor, Dr. Dominick Ferrara, for your dedication to this beautiful piece of music.
Now to get this piece published!
The concert was indeed wonderful. The Gena Branscombe Project sponsored a post-concert reception as a thank you to Damali, Dr. Ferrara and the members of the wind ensemble. We are making one more step forward promoting the performance of Gena Branscombe’s music.