It was such an exciting challenge to music direct this play, arrange and compose all music, and perform in the show as a klezmer clarinetist with the Chekhovian "Carnival People." What a great experience with an outstanding cast and creative team. Until next time!
What a beautiful hall, hard-working orchestra (ready to go at 9am!) and great director - Maestro Powell.
Bennett: The Naiades Overture
Abrahamsen: Symphony (1974)
Beethoven: Symphony No.1
And an interesting program - check out their concert this weekend!
The concert features a World Premiere by Mike Boyman, the NYC premiere of Jeremy Crosmer’s "Masks: A Heroine’s Tale" with Mitsuru Kubo Hunter on viola (Friday), the Nautilus Brass Quintet performing Eric Ewazen’s "Shadowcatcher" (Saturday), "Prelude, Fugue and Riffs" by Bernstein featuring clarinet soloist Alicia Bennett, Copland’s "Fanfare for the Common Man," and Gershwin’s "An American in Paris."
The Chelsea Symphony presents the season finale of RESOLUTION with a concert featuring John Corigliano's Symphony No. 1. Written in the late 1980s, the AIDS pandemic was claiming the lives of many. As the first of his large format works, the symphonic form here is used to commemorate, as the composer noted, "my friends – those I had lost and the one I was losing." Partly inspired by the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, the first movement is subtitled "Apologue: Of Rage and Remembrance," and is dedicated to a pianist. The next two movements commemorate a music executive and a cellist. In the finale, a tarantella melody played by piano in a featured role and the cello line from the previous movements are juxtaposed against “a repeated pattern consisting of waves of brass chords ... [to convey] an image of timelessness."
Also on this finale series, TCS welcomes back two soloists to the stage for two solos for the violin: Adam von Housen performs the Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in D minor on Saturday's concert, written by the prodigious composer when he was just 13 years old and forgotten until after his death. Sunday's matinee performance brings EJ Lee to the stage to close out our soloist season with the Beethoven Violin Concerto.
Aaron Israel Levin In Between
Felix Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in D Minor (1822)
Adam von Housen Violin
Ludwig van Beethoven Violin Concerto in D Major, op. 61
E.J. Lee Violin
John Corigliano Symphony No. 1
Such a privilege to perform with these amazing musicians again, as the Victory Players, in our summer residency - with the current project, "El Puerto Rico."
We premiered our commissions of amazing new music by:
Christian Quiñones Pérez
And began new commissions, workshopping with:
Iván Enrique Rodríguez
Not to mention working with hundreds of students all around Western Massachusetts.
So grateful to be a part of this incredible project. Until next time!
Congratulations to the Iona Ensemble.
I have received many comments from the audience and faculty in attendance who were thoroughly impressed by not only the professionalism, talent, and preparation on display, but also the improvement in the ensemble over the course of this year.
Thank you for your hard work. It has been my privilege to be your director.
Diana (granddaughter of Mario) Castelnuovo-Tedesco shouts out my research about the clarinet pieces and recent article in the Clarinet Journal! Can't wait to hopefully perform the Pastorale this summer; it probably hasn't been played in about 60 years. Clarinetists! Get on it!
Eric Schultz is the Assistant Professor of Woodwinds at Coastal Carolina University. A winner of several international competitions, he holds a doctorate in clarinet performance from Stony Brook University.