2020 was a hard year for the music industry, and all facets of live music – from artists to performance venues and everyone in between – were negatively impacted because of COVID-19. Even though many scheduled work engagements on Jim’s calendar had to be postponed until 2021 or cancelled outright, He was still blessed to work on the following projects:
All projects listed according to type
Jim orchestrated and conducted 2 songs for legendary country band, The Mavericks, on their album of Spanish folks songs, en Español.
Jim also orchestrated and conducted a song for Hector Tellez, Jr. and orchestrated and conducted 4 songs for Patrice Shure.
SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PROJECTS
Jim arranged and orchestrated the Boudleaux & Felice Bryant Gala Concert, a tribute show to the legendary songwriters of such hits as Rocky Top, Bye Bye Love, and Wake Up, Little Susie.
THE PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA
Jim arranged and orchestrated many small works for various virtual and on-line performances by the orchestra, including a sing-a-long of classic Christmas carols for their annual Christmas show.
Additional Symphonic Appearances
Melinda Doolittle with INDIANAPOLIS SYMPHONY
Jim was the orchestrator for their July 4th show, which was held online.
Melinda Doolittle with LAKESIDE CHAUTAUQUA SYMPHONY
Jim was both arranger and orchestrator for this show, which was postponed due to COVID.
Accent Vocal with SASKATOON SYMPHONY
Accent Vocal, a group of 6 vocalists from 5 different countries who sing Hi-Low style a cappella arrangements, had Jim orchestrate all the arrangements for their first symphony show. Sadly, it was postponed due to COVID.
FILM & TELEVISION
This ABC show tapped Jim to provide the orchestration and orchestra for the recording of Listen to Your Heart season finale, recorded live at the Country Music Hall of Fame.
In January, Jim assembled a 75-piece orchestra for a show called A Salute to Vienna – a show of Light classics in a Viennese style, complete with vocal soloists and ballroom and ballet dancers.
OHIO SHOW CHOIR SHOWS
Ada High School – Jim arranged 5 new songs for their singers and band – a 20-voice show choir and a 10-piece band that performs at competitions across Ohio.