coverage in The St. Cloud Times
Cloud Symphony Orchestra, under the musical
direction of William Schrickel, presented the
world premiere of Sun Dogs on Sunday, May
1st on the campus of St. Cloud State University,
St. Cloud, MN.
for Symphony Orchestra (3333, 4231, Cel, Hp, Timp,
3 Perc, Strings)
by Roger and Verna Rohlck for the St.
Cloud Symphony Orchestra.
work was funded in part by the Composer Assistance
Program of the American Music Center.
dogs," or "mock suns," appear as
bright bursts of light on each side of the sun.
Formed in northern climates when sunlight passes
through hexagonal ice crystals high in the atmosphere,
they are most often bright white but may show
a spectrum of color resembling a rainbow. I first
saw a pair of "sun dogs" on a cold winter
morning while driving to Duluth a few years ago
and was immediately fascinated by their appearance.
Given the elements of light and color, it seemed
like an ideal fit for an orchestral work. When
I began researching what I had seen, however,
I found only page after page of explanations and
descriptions, each containing out-of-focus and
poorly lit photographs. It quickly became apparent
that while seeing "sun dogs" was not
uncommon, capturing the effect was. I realized
that what I had seen was, like music, something
that had to be experienced and was almost impossible
to describe using words. Sun Dogs is meant
to be a musical portrait, a way to share both
my sense of wonder at the spectacular view I witnessed
as well as the feeling that this was one of those
moments in life that could never be re-created
or explained, just re-imagined.
would like to express my deepest gratitude to
William Schrickel, Sandy Nadeau, and especially
Roger and Verna Rohlck for their willingness to
support my music. For any creative artist, its
impossible to overstate the importance of having
people that champion the creation of new works
and are willing to take a chance. Thank you.