Concord Woodwind Quintet at Discovery Museum – Recap

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

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Get to know Villanelle for horn

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 ›

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Chamber Music in the Community

Two ensembles from the orchestra will be playing in local museums in November.

Discovery Museum 

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

Discovery Museum
177 Main Street (Route 27), Acton, Massachusetts 01720, 978-264-4200

Concord Museum

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!

Concord Museum
200 Lexington Road, Concord, MA 01742,, 978-369-9763

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In Memoriam Lore Pittman

With sadness, orchestra members learned of Lore Pittman’s passing this spring. She has been coming to our concerts as long as Dick has been conducting, which is 50 years. She was beloved by us all for her gentle friendship and encouragement. At the beginning of September, musicians from Dick’s ensembles — Boston Musica Viva, New England Philharmonic, and Concord Orchestra — all played at a celebration of her life, here at 51 Walden.

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Bernie Hoffer at Pops

Composer Bernie HofferJeff Korn, Pops soloistOver the years, composer and arranger Bernie Hoffer has done many new arrangements of songs from the classic American Songbook. Jazz singers like Marlene Ver Planck and Maureen McMullan have performed these tunes with us with their wonderful flair.

This year, our favorite baritone Jeffrey Korn is back again to sing Bernie’s Six by George, songs by George Gershwin of course.

Come to a Pops concert in May, and you can sing along with Jeffrey for My Fair Lady too.




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