Wonder Years (2003) by Mark Grey
for violin
World premiere

The Wonder Years is a comment on music of the modern age. In a time when technology flourishes and automation becomes the focus of everyday life, the very basic concepts of music fall short. Here, time steps back for a moment capturing a music and sound from the past — the simple concept of a violinist alone onstage, making music. No technology to obstruct the beauty and passion of the instrument and its performer. In the wonder years of the technological revolution, we find ourselves struggling to further our creations. As a child questions the wonders of the world, this music challenges its place in the modern day. The Wonder Years is a simple moment in time, past and future.

— M. G.    

[from program for May 19, 2003 concert]