May 29, 2024
Bright Wings: A Valediction
for large orchestra
"It was a pleasure to encounter Mr. Welcher's music again, and his new piece, Bright Wings, is subtitled "Valediction for Large Orchestra."... The "Valediction" of the subtitle is a farewell to someone in his life who recently died. Yet there is nothing mournful in any sense in the music. Indeed, it seems, on the whole, downright celebratory, and perhaps it was meant as a paean for living. It is crafted for a very large orchestra, yet Mr. Welcher's forces are deployed with transparency and often great delicacy... I can easily imagine it being a boon to orchestras in need of a new, upbeat piece to open a concert... easily absorbable for orchestra and audience alike."

Dallas Morning News
John Ardoin