The amazingly assured soloist was Thomas Burritt, the sympathetic conductor Grant Llewellyn, who got polished and enthusiastic work from the Texas Festival Orchestra.
Dr. Burritt, who’s a professor of percussion at the University of Texas, gave a stunning performance.
Parts of “Heavy Circles” are reminiscent of Druckman’s “Reflections on the Nature of Water,” with the substantial technical challenges handled brilliantly by Burritt.
There are storied educators, and there are dynamic performers, and then there are those who are destined to be both. Always in search of new music and new ways to share it with others, Thomas Burritt is today's percussionist.
The score tells the percussionist to improvise and Burritt, in spite of the limited range of the instrument, did a surprisingly fine job.