Seated in the Rain
(No. 3 from Soft Summer Airs)
Premiere—2011, by Mimi Tung, St. Paul, Minn.
Soft Summer Airs brings together five small pieces—each three pages at most—on summery themes. Seated in the Rain was composed in the wake of a tragic event many years ago. While not virtuosic, this sweetly sad song for piano solo has some subtle difficulties, making it appropriate for a mature performer.
David Evan Thomas has been honored with two McKnight Foundation Artist Fellowships, an Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and commissions from the Minnesota Orchestra and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Born in Rochester, New York in 1958, Thomas studied at Northwestern University, Eastman School of Music and the University of Minnesota. His music is published by ECS, MorningStar, Augsburg Fortress and several other publishers. While he started as a trumpet player, Thomas has studied the piano throughout the decades, most recently with Stephanie Wendt and Irina Elkina. In recent years, he has participated in the Bennington Chamber Music Conference. Thomas lives in Minneapolis.