FANFARE: Hope in the Face of Uncertainty

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Instrumentation: Orchestra
Duration: 5 minutes
Recording Available: Yes
Performed: Yes
Catalog ID: RE1050
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"It was a joy to conduct the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra in the premiere of Mike McFerron’s FANFARE: Hope in the Face of Uncertainty. An extraordinarily compelling concert opener, it utilizes the full orchestra effectively, highlighting brass and percussion. The writing for the bass drum is especially creative. This exciting piece appeals equally to the players and the audience. I have conducted few pieces that repaid such modest rehearsal time investment with such a great reward.”

Lawrence Sisk
Music Director
The Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra


Although the phrase, "Hope in the face of uncertainty" was delivered by then Senator Barack Obama during the 2004 Democratic Convention, its meaning and significance transcends political partisanship and ideology. For many, it symbolizes the power of the unified voices of youth as they proclaim, "Yes we can!"—embracing, "Hope in the face of difficulty. Hope in the face of uncertainty. The audacity of hope."

Written in 2009, FANFARE: Hope in the Face of Uncertainty is dedicated to the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra in celebration of their 50th anniversary.


*Recording: Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra World Premiere Recording