Oct 12, 2012
• Jeff Tyzik’s Riffs is a concerto for jazz drum set and wind ensemble that blends different types of rock, jazz, swing, and Cuban beats into a high-energy departure from the standard concert band repertoire. Featuring Yale School of Music student and Cheshire, CT native Jonathan Allen on drum set.
• John Mackey’s Asphalt Cocktail aims to capture the grit and aggression associated with living in New York City. Says the composer: “Picture the scariest NYC taxi ride you can imagine, with the cab skidding around turns as trucks bear down from all sides. Serve on the rocks.”
• Viet Cuong’s Sound and Smoke was inspired by a line from Goethe’s play Faust, which equates words to “mere sound and smoke,” and declares that “feeling is everything.” In two movements, the composer attempts to translate these “feelings” into music.
• Richard Wagner composed Trauersinfonie to accompany fellow German composer Carl Maria von Weber’s ashes to their final resting place in 1844. Wagner’s solemn, yet stirring, composition pays homage to Weber through his use of themes from Weber’s opera Euryanthe.
… plus American Fanfare (Sandy Mehinovic), Aegean Festival Overture (Andreas Makris), and Medieval Suite (Ron Nelson).
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