Orchids Grow Here

Ensemble: 5 Saxophones [2 alto, 2 tenor, baritone] – 5 B-flat Trumpets – 4 Horns in F – 3 Tenor Trombones – Bass Trombone – Timpani + 2 Percussion [ Glockenspiel, Triangle, Suspended Cymbal and 2 Vibraphones] – Double Bass – Piano

Duration: 4:00


I left my hometown of Miami, Florida straight out of graduate school in 1994 to marry my true love. Sixteen years later, we both returned to join the faculty of the acclaimed Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. Since that time, I have discovered to my delight that orchids will happily grow outside in South Florida. I have since filled my garden with orchids.  The motives in Orchids Grow Here for wind ensemble (2017) are like the blooms on a spray of orchids: elegant repetitions of glorious colors and shapes that are similar yet individual, beautiful, essential contributions to the whole. In this work, I hope to capture the ebullience and effusive joy of the prolific sprays of orchids that grace my garden each spring.  Also, I honor the multitude of individuals, like orchids on a spray, who have contributed time, talent, energy and financial support to create something glorious and beautiful: fifty successful years of The Florida Orchestra.

Commissioner: The Florida Orchestra, in collaboration with the University of Miami, Frost School of Music, to celebrate The Florida Orchestra’s 50th Anniversary Season.

Premiere: February 16, 17 and 18, 2018
The Florida Orchestra, Michael Francis, Conductor
Tampa and St. Petersburg, Florida