- 2 alto saxophones, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, double bass, 2 marimbas, vibraphone, auxiliary percussion (1)
- published by Boosey & Hawkes
- recorded by Rutgers University Wind Ensemble and Society for New Music
Dance Mix (2000) was commissioned by the Society for New Music, Syracuse, NY and the American Composers Forum’s Continental Harmony Project. It was premiered at an outdoor concert on Cazenovia Lake in Upstate NY in the summer of 2000. The instrumentation is similar to that of a jazz ensemble and, fittingly for the setting of the premiere, the work contains many traits of jazz and pop music.
Continental Harmony links communities with composers to celebrate the new millennium through the creation of original musical works. The program is a partnership of the American Composers Forum and the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional funds provided by the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, and Land O’Lakes Foundation. Continental Harmony is an Associate Partner of the White House Millennium Council.
REVIEW: Syracuse Herald Journal, July 10, 2000
“Smith’s eclectic blend of diverse styles takes the listener from the sounds of big band to music for the theater, and from a Caribbean calypso ensemble to a late-night jazz combo at a smoke-filled nightclub in Greenwich Villiage. The crowd gave composer and performers a long, enthusiastic ovation.”