Andrew Norman's 'Switch' at Grant Park Music Festival


Colin performed Andrew Norman's Switch for percussion solo and orchestra at the Grant Park Music Festival, Chicago on 28 and 29 July. The concert took place in the stunning outdoor Jay Pritzker Pavilion with David Danzmeyer conducting the Grant Park Orchestra. Colin premiered the piece back in 2015 and has recorded it with the Utah Symphony Orchestra and Thierry Fischer.

Composer Andrew Norman describes his work as "...a game of control. Each percussion instrument (both in front of and behind the orchestra) is a switch that controls other instruments in specific ways, making them play louder or softer, higher or lower, freezing them in place and setting them in motion again. The soloist, dropped into this complex contraption of causes and effects like the unwitting protagonist of a video game, must figure out the rules of this universe on the fly, all while trying to avoid the rewind-inducing missteps that prevent their progress from one side of the stage to the other."