For the conceptual information on the original Lullaby of the Plains, click here.
The chamber orchestra arrangement of the original Lullaby of the Plains was written for the occasion that I would be performing with a small symphony orchestra in northern California, the Susanville Symphony.
Ironically, after watching the reality TV show, “Survivor” with my parents, I discovered an intriguing personality on the show, “Coach” Ben Wade. He made comments about being an orchestra conductor back in the states and I was incredibly interested in that. After doing some research on the internet, I unearthed that he was indeed an orchestral conductor and that he actually started his own symphony, the Susanville Symphony, in Susanville, California. After some personal thought, I emailed him asking him about perhaps performing with the symphony, while also showing him blurbs from some of my miscellaneous compositions, as Maestro Wade is also a composer.
After some emailing back and forth and a long phone call about my goals and desires and what we could do together, Maestro Wade graciously took a chance on me and invited me to perform under his baton with his orchestra. I am excited to announce that in February of 2019, I will be a guest artist with the Susanville Symphony and will be performing an aria from Donizetti’s Don Pasquale as well as being the soloist in the world premiere of the baritone voice and chamber orchestra arrangement of Lullaby of the Plains.
To my grandfather, Robert Victor Van Camp (1933-2015), with the comforting knowledge that you will gently sail the ocean of ashen light and grain in eternal rest
Orchestral world premiere by Kolby Van Camp and the Susanville Symphony, Benjamin J. Wade, conductor; February 22 & 23, 2019
Flute 1, 2
Oboe 1, 2
Clarinet in Bb 1, 2
*If a celesta is unavailable, a harp is suggested to take its place; however if a celesta is available, use of the harp is optional
**As a suggestion, I would employ as many strings as possible to create the fullest, richest sound that can be mustered.