Clarinetist Roddy Terrell Gave, At UNCG, A World Première Performance of Jenni Brandon’s “Acceptance”

Roddy Terrell, ABD in a clarinet performance at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro , presented the world premiere of Jenni Brandon’s work “Acceptance” for Bass Clarinet and Piano along with four other works commissioned by him on the topic of grief. The performance was on Wednesday, March 27, 2024 at 7:30 to 9:00 P.M. at The College of Visual and Performing Arts, Music Bldg-1-CVPA – Recital Hall (350), 100 McIver St, Greensboro, NC 27412.

The works in this guest recital concert about grief were:

Denial – Luke Ellard: fine all fine
Anger – Theresa Martin: Release
Bargaining – Natalie Groom: Insurmountable
Depression – Samuel Hunter: Looking Through a Closed Door
Acceptance – Jenni Brandon: Acceptance

“Acceptance” for Bass Clarinet and Piano composer notes:

Acceptance for Bass Clarinet and Piano is the final movement from a project called “Shifting Silence – Five new contemporary clarinet compositions focusing on grief.” This project, created and commissioned by Roddy Terrell, creates a space where grief can be explored and an acknowledgement that grief is a universal human experience.

In exploring ideas for this work about Acceptance, or the final stage of grief as defined by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross in her book “On Death and Dying,” I wanted to bring to life the emotions that often permeate this phase of grief. From reverence to agitation, to hopefulness and joy in finding a new path after a long journey, this work is a celebration of what we’ve been through and how we can look to the future with hope and carry with us the experiences that have brought us here.

Throughout the work there are descriptions in the music that reflect a variety of fluid emotions in this stage of grief. They include delicate and reflective; like a beautiful memory; agitated, questioning; steady, with resolve; finding the joy; struggling in this new world, trying to find the balance; with hope; moving forward, a new path. And while everyone experiences their own unique emotions when dealing with grief, I hope this work will be a reminder that we are not alone.

It is an honor to be a part of this powerful project and to collaborate with Roddy on creating a space for reflection and hope.

All of Jenni’s compositions are available for purchase on her website Home – Jenni Brandon https://www.jennibrandon.com