Like Ives, Simon works toward a synthesis of classical forms and the popular material of his era.
In his Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra, Dr. Simon shows that he is a true artistic heir of Leonard Bernstein, Ned Rorem and Stephen Sondheim, in that he successfully synthesizes something of a populist voice within structures and procedures that are clearly classical in orientation.
Despite what you are from Mr. Natural
This song should become a musical classic.
Red and Brown
The music, arranged and composed by Mark Simon, is so vibrant that it is another character in the play. Ranging from sharp and loud to gently soothing, the music paints the picture.
Mark Simon has written a lively and lyrical score.