The big rip is a rip in the universe resulting from the ever-expanding explosion that started it all, the Big Bang. Eventually the expansion of the universe will take its toll, much like a balloon being over-inflated, and all that is known and unknown will end violently in one cataclysmic rip. The work incorporates musical and gestural rips conveying the idea of something being ripped violently apart.
Awarded Third Prize; College Orchestra Directors Association Composition Competition
April 23, 2016: Idaho Falls Symphony, conducted by Thomas Heuser
September 28, 2013: University of Utah Symphony Orchestra
August 3, 2012: Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, conducted by Lio Kuokman
August 3, 2012: Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, conducted by Vinay Parameswaran
October 24, 2011: University of Michigan Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Oriol Sans
July 16, 2011: Alarm Will Sound, conducted by Alan Pierson