NEC Wind Ensemble: Salute to Contemporary Musical Arts

NEC: Jordan Hall | Directions

290 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA
United States

The NEC Wind Ensembles are first in line when given a chance to celebrate music making across disciplines.  This concert brings together musicians of the Wind Ensemble and the CMA departments as we celebrate together the 50th anniversary of  CMA at NEC.  CMA instrumentalists join the Wind Ensemble to play Hankus Netsky’s Klezmer Nonantum Bulgar and on Michael Gandolfi’s landmark Vientos y Tangos variations. CMA vocalists provide old-time New England shape note singing as prelude to William Schuman’s arrangements of Chester and When Jesus Wept. Thomas Duffy join us from Yale for his crossing genres Three Places in New Haven. We celebrate another anniversary as well – the 100th birthday of Stravinsky’s Octet – a work to wind players as a Beethoven symphony is to the orchestra.
-- Charles Peltz

  1. Igor Stravinsky | Octet (1922)

    Sinfonia: Lento - Allegro moderato
    Tema con variazioni: Andantino
    Finale: Sempre = 116.  Tempo giusto

  2. Hankus Netsky | Nonantum Bulgar

    Hankus Netsky, conductor

  3. Thomas Duffy | Three Places in New Haven: Concerto for Marimba and Wind Ensemble (For Robert Van Sice) (2001)

    Castle in the Sky (Rollo Reads a Book)
    The Long Wharf (Rollo Sails Away)
    City Band March (Rollo Gets a Job)

    Thomas Duffy, conductor

  4. William Schuman | from New England Triptych

    II. When Jesus Wept
    III. Chester

  5. Michael Gandolfi Vientos y Tangos (2004)

    Program note

    Vientos y Tangos (Winds and Tangos) was commissioned The Frank L. Battisti 70th Birthday Commission Project and is dedicated to Frank Battisti in recognition of his immense contributions to the advancement of concert wind literature. It was Mr. Battisti’s specific request that I write a tango for wind ensemble. In preparation for this piece, I devoted several months to the study and transcription of tangos from the early style of Juan D’arienzo and the “Tango Nievo” style of Astor Piazzolla to the current trend of “Disco/Techno Tango,” among others. After immersing myself in this listening experience, I simply allowed the most salient features of these various tango to inform the direction of my work. The dynamic contour and the various instrumental combinations that I employ in the piece are all inspired by the traditional sounds of the bandoneon, violin, piano, and contrabass.
    --Michael Gandolfi