Next week’s Contemporary Music Festival at James Madison University will feature two premieres of mine: my piano trio Connotations and my mixed chamber ensemble piece Six Memos for the New Millennium. You may have seen a movement of this on the audio page, so how can it really be a premiere? I began the piece in 2007 for the New Millennium Ensemble, but only completed two movements. Only those two movements were performed back in 2007, and I didn’t come back to finish this piece until this year, when I had the great fortune to have the American Modern Ensemble offer to perform it. They have already played it once, in September at Lafayette College, so this performance will technically be only a Virginia premiere, but I’m calling it a “premiere” nevertheless.