It Is Finished. My new work for the South Dakota Symphony, that is. The reading workshop we had in October was a huge help in clarifying my ideas, including listener comments about the role of the wind in the images I described as inspiration for the sketches. My travels in South Dakota – experiencing both landscapes and cultures – inform the piece, but it’s not at all narrative or site-specific. Sixteen minutes long, for a medium-sized orchestra, the score is now with my faithful longtime copyist Francois Grillot, getting pretty for its debut March 23 in Sioux Falls. Aside from proofing, my only remaining task is to settle at last on a title… stay tuned!