The evening opened with Cerdenia’s "Feuertrunken" ("Fire-Drunk") which received its world premiere three years ago. Initially, inspired by a nod to Dante’s take on purgatory and wall of fire leading to paradise, he decided to head toward a portion of Friedrich Schiller’s poem, "Ode to Joy," which shapes the fourth movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 — "wir betreten feuertrunken" which, very loosely translated means, "we enter fire drunk your holy sanctuary."

Despite that direction, "Fire-Drunk" seemed to rest more with Dante. The work is filled with urgency, intensity, energy, excitement and a flurry of sounds both soft and otherwise, percussive and brass pronouncements, and endless rhythms. With a slight nod to Mahler’s First in the opening few notes, it’s a piece of enormous power that moves from one emotional platform to the next, interspersed with moments of tranquility before powering on. Waves of sound. It was stimulating and vibrant — a treat to hear.

John Shulson, The Virginia Gazette

Feuertrunken (Detroit Symphony Orchestra)

World Premiere, Detroit, MI, USA, 2017

Heavenward (Ensemble Gô)

Yokohama, Japan, 2015

Cariñosa (Ensemble Gô)

World Premiere, Yokohama, Japan, 2015