David Sanford’s Barlow commission, Long Time Coming, was premiered April 9, 2011 by pianist Lara Downes and the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet. The performance was held at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts in Davis, California.

Former U.S. Poet Laureate, Rita Dove, whose poem Testimonial was featured in the piece, exclaimed, “What a fantastic piece! The fusion of piano, small jazz combo, and voice is focused, passionate, yet infinitely ‘cool.’ In short, the piece, and the performance of it, is exquisitely magical.”

A live recording of the entire piece can be heard by clicking here.

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