Timothy Hagen, flute; Aaron Hill, oboe; Alicia Lee, clarinet; Joanna Schulz, horn; Marc Vallon, bassoon.
Richard Strauss: Klavierstück, op.3 (arr. Marc Vallon)
Theodor Blumer: Wind Quintet
Lalo Schifrin: La Nouvelle Orléans
Elliott Carter: 8 Etudes and Fantasy for woodwind quartet
Luciano Berio: Opus Number Zoo
About the Music:
“The program is composed of works that aren’t often played by wind chamber groups. The Theodor Blumer Quintet is an incredibly large-scale piece, as if Strauss or Mahler had written a wind quintet. After we chose it, Marc arranged the brief Strauss piano piece to precede it… a perfect little aperitif. The second half contains three modern works, all very approachable. The Schifrin—by the same Lalo Schifrin of Mission Impossible score fame—is a musical portrait of New Orleans, beginning with the city’s famous (or perhaps infamous) dark mystique and culminating in an explosion of jazz. Elliott Carter’s quartet is really a showpiece for woodwinds, demonstrating just about every color and effect the instruments can produce together. Finally, Berio’s “Opus Number Zoo” capitalizes on the composer’s flair for the dramatic, as each member of the group is called upon to narrate music that evokes children’s tales. Much like the tales of the Brothers Grimm, these stories don’t reside in the world of “happily ever after”—perfect for a Halloween-weekend concert.” – Timothy Hagen, flute