New Work for Chamber Ensemble:
For My Mother (July 2017)
is dedicated to my mother Susan Boiko a breast cancer survivor. She lived through the start of me and my twin’s brass playing careers where when playing on the French horn we sounded like a couple of dying elephants. If the elephant sounds weren’t enough, when my mother was driving us to school we would take out our mouthpieces and surreptitiously buzz on them until she noticed and told us to stop. These two sounds, the soft buzz of a mouthpiece secretly played in the backseat and the bombastic enthusiastic brashness of twin middle school brass players, are the foundation of this piece. Mom, Thank you. Please enjoy this rendition of sounds you never thought you’d hear again, because you got us French horn lessons a week in to picking the instrument
A concert featuring composers Martha C. Horst, Laura Schwedinger, and Laura Schwartz to support raising funds for breast cancer research
is a chamber ensemble that promotes the diversity of contemporary music to a broad audience through performances of rarely performed works and commissioning new works by living composers. Committed to formal concert presentations and educational outreach programs, Durward engages audiences of all ages and artistic interests in experiences that celebrate creativity and develop a community-based commitment to new music.