Sacred Valley Festival Suite (2003)

No. 1

No. 2

No. 3

Sacred Valley Festival Suite was written for the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, Owensboro, Kentucky, Nicholas Palmer, conductor and was premiered in the Fall of 2004.

Each of the three movements of the suite was inspired by some element in folk music experienced by the composer in Cuzco, Peru. Melodic, rhythmic and harmonic materials are derived from music being performed by regional bands at a festival celebrating the Winter Solstice. The second movement began as a study for flute and piano and may be found in this collection as Festival Diversion.