Our horn soloist Richard Sebring’s repertoire may not be familiar to audiences, but they are well-known and well-loved pieces for many horn players in our midst.
So I asked the other horn players in the orchestra if they knew, and loved, these pieces, like I did.
Patricia Lake, who plays third horn in the orchestra and has taught many horn students, says:
“The Dukas was an All-State audition piece for me and continues to be a Massachusetts Central District audition piece today. It’s part of a rotation of audition pieces from the Mason Jones Solos for the Horn Player collection. As recently as 2 years ago, one of my students prepared the Haydn for an All-state audition as well. I am excited to have a few students in the audience who have prepped the Villanelle as well as some younger up and coming students. This year marks my 35th year teaching and it’s safe to say I have the Dukas memorized!”
Your blog writer — Pam Marshall, 2nd horn in the section and a composer — has also played the Dukas and the Haydn:
“When I was just out of college, I had a group of soprano, horn, and piano called the Tamarind Trio. For variety in our recitals, we often included Villanelle. Dukas only wrote the piece for horn and piano, no version with orchestra. Back in the 1970s, I didn’t know of any orchestra versions made by others, so I entertained the idea of doing an orchestral version. However, my college advisor discouraged me, saying it wouldn’t be a challenging enough project.
” I also enjoy playing the Haydn. It’s more dynamic and energetic than the Mozart concerti that you can hear all the time on WCRB. It’s definitely worth getting to know it, as a listener or as a musician.”
In March, the Orchestra plays its Young Artist concert, with a concerto or solo piece performed by the winner. As a prelude before the Friday and Saturday concerts, we also present a short recital by other competition honorees. There are so many excellent young musicians who audition. The recital allows us to recognize and appreciate more of their hard work and talent.
This year, 2019, the winners are all string players.
The winner is cellist Hayden Idson. He will play Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme. He is 13 years old and lives in Jamaica Plain.
The musicians invited to play recitals are:
Cellist Zehavi Rodriguez, also 13 years old, from Dorchester
Violinist Hannah Ryu, 17 years old, from Lexington
We’ll have more news about recital schedules and about the musicians soon!
Concord Orchestra musicians played Peter and the Wolf, and Babushka Baba Yaga at the Discovery Museum in Acton on November 3, 2018.
The Discovery Museum was a lively place on a rainy, blustery Saturday afternoon. Kids were excitedly using the bubble machine, playing with giant Legos, and squirting water in the water-experiments room. In addition to all those wonderful activities, a spellbound group of young children and their parents listened to a short program of music by musicians from the Concord Orchestra. We got a chance to advertise the Family Holiday Concert coming up in December too.
It was utterly charming to see the wide-eyed little boy in the front row, watching and listening intently. And, there was an enraptured little girl who asked questions about the French horn when Pam did a little demo for the eager children, before the concert.
Doug Gauthier (not pictured) narrated two charming pieces:
A shortened version of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf
Babushka Baba Yaga, adapted for quintet from the story by Patricia Polacco
We also played a new arrangement of Simple Gifts, and Pam Marshall’s Concord Hill Sea Shanties.
Musicians are: Veronica Kenney, oboe; Keith Anderson, flute & piccolo; Pamela Marshall, horn; Leo Kenen, bassoon; Grand Anderson, clarinet
The recital piece Villanelle for horn and piano is a beautiful piece that mixes old with new. Many of itsmelodies can be played on natural horn (horn without valves, aka a hunting horn), giving the piece an “antique” sound. Written in 1905 by Paul Dukas, of Sorcerer’s Apprentice fame, he never made an orchestrated version of the piece. In 1966, the famous Russian horn player Vitali Bujanowski wanted to play it with orchestra, so he made the light and transparent orchestration that we will play, complementing the lightness and agility of the horn’s music.
Horn players, you will want to hear Richard Sebring play Villanelle January 25 & 26, 2019 in Concord. Lovers of horn music and lovers of music in general, Dukas’ Villanelle is an extra special treat. It’s great to step beyond the Mozart concertos that are the usual fare when there’s a horn soloist. By the way, Gus will also play Haydn’s Horn Concerto No. 1.
Here are notes by our soloist Richard Sebring (know to us as Gus). Read more ›
Two ensembles from the orchestra will be playing in local museums in November.
On Saturday November 3, 2018 at 3pm, the Concord Woodwind Quintet will play at the Discovery Museum. The music is especially for families. The program includes two musical stories with narration:
Babushka Baba Yaga, an endearing transformation of the wicked witch from Russian legends into a grandma everyone loves
Peter and the Wolf, the brave little boy who catches the wolf and takes him to the zoo
177 Main Street (Route 27), Acton, Massachusetts 01720, 978-264-4200
On Sunday November 4, 2018 at 10am, the Egg Rock Quartet will play at the Concord Museum for the grand opening of the Anna and Neil Rasmussen Education Center. There’s a ribbon cutting on Friday, and things happening Saturday and Sunday. We’ll get to see the result of all the construction at the museum!
The Concord Orchestra is composed of approximately 70 musicians living in Concord, Massachusetts and the greater Boston metropolitan area. Richard Pittman, the versatile founder and music director of Boston Musica Viva, has been the music director and conductor of the Concord Orchestra since 1969.
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