The official CD release celebration in Columbia, with pianist Phillip Bush! Works by Freund, Schimmel, and my wonderful faculty colleagues John Fitz Rogers, Reg Bain, and Mandy Fang. This concert will also be a fundraiser for Bassoons in Schools, which provides free bassoon lessons (taught by UofSC students) to area middle and high school students.
Music by our beloved horn player, Matt Marks, who passed away suddenly in May following a performance, as well as the world premiere of a new piece by Michael Harrison. Matt’s theatrical work, Strangers in Many Ways, was created for AWS, the LA Philharmonic, and the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and was left unfinished at his death. We’ll be playing the portions Matt completed, which offer three snapshots of an American family.
On the Chamber Pots chamber music series, a Columbia house concert tradition that has been in existence since the 1960s! Music for flute, bassoon, and piano, by Bach, Burhans, MacDonald, d'Indy, Martinu, Prokofiev, and Koechlin.
The world premiere of a new concerto for bassoon and orchestral winds, Reliable Sources, by composer Nico Muhly. Part of a consortium commission including 19 bassoonists and schools, the UofSC Wind Ensemble, led by Scott Weiss, and I are thrilled to give the first performance of this major new work (which we will also record the day following the concert). Among many other accomplishments, Muhly is the youngest composer to have been commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera, and is currently having his second opera produced there.