Our Winter Concert explores the idea of being immediately and vividly alive in the moment, the reason why music making can be so vital and compelling. Shostakovich's exhilarating Festive Overture opens the program, Steven Bryant's Dusk captures the reflective calm of a sunset, and Letter from Home by Aaron Copland will take you through moments of subtle beauty, melancholy, nostalgia, and simple charm.
Trumpet virtuoso Eric Berlin (principal trumpet, Albany Symphony) will join us for Joseph Turrin's tour-de-force The Sounding of the Call, and the ensemble will show off all of its colors during Percy Grainger's difficult concert march The Lads of Wamphray, a musical depiction of the battles between cattle-raiding, swashbuckling English and Scottish borderers in the sixteenth century. The concert will close with David Maslanka's short symphony for winds Give Us This Day. Music allows us to connect with what David called a "true awakeness and awareness," and Give Us This Day attempts to provide all of us a moment of awakeness and awareness so that we can "build a future in the face of a most dangerous and difficult time"... together. Come be in the moment with us!
|Festive Overture, Op. 96||Dmitri Shostakovich/trans. Reynolds|
|The Sounding of the Call|
Eric Berlin, trumpet soloist
|Letter from Home||Aaron Copland/arr. Belski|
|The Lads of Wamphray||Percy Grainger|
|Give Us This Day||David Maslanka|