By Marcia Gronewold Sly
Particular to The Ellsworth American
ORONO — Wind, brass and singers have been main gamers within the Bangor Symphony Orchestra’s 2020-21 season finale final Friday evening in a pre-recorded live performance on the Collins Middle for the Arts. The high-quality audio and video enabled concertgoers to see the orchestra in motion from vantage factors not attainable throughout an in-person live performance there. Whereas streamed concert events aren’t any substitution for reside performances, they’ve been a beautiful strategy to stay linked by means of music, and to have a good time the BSO’s 125 years of service to our area.
“Winds & Brass Spectacular,” which highlighted wind, brass and voice musicians who have been particularly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, opened with African-American composer Adolphus Hailstork’s “An American Fanfare.” The composer is celebrating his eightieth birthday this 12 months. BSO Music Director Lucas Richman led a brass and percussion ensemble in a simple efficiency of the temporary piece. A standard and but all-American fanfare infused with hints of jazz, Hailstork’s fanfare was an particularly becoming introduction because it was launched on the eve of the primary nationwide Juneteenth vacation celebrating the top of slavery in the USA.
Beethoven’s Navy March in C Main, “Zapfenstreich” is a straightforward piece for navy band. This isn’t the Beethoven of symphonies and concerti, which exhibit his mastery of formal improvement and reward for melody. Actually, if it weren’t for the attribution, it could be exhausting to guess that this piece is Beethoven’s. The BSO’s efficiency was jaunty and upbeat, and prominently featured a percussion part that features snare drum, cymbal, triangle and bass drum.
Charles Gounod’s “Petite Symphonie in B-Flat for Wind Devices” is a piece in 4 actions scored for a nonet that features two every of oboes, clarinets, bassoons and French horns, plus one flute. Richman carried out a captivating efficiency, with beautiful solo enjoying by flutist Roberta Michel.
The primary half of the live performance ended with one other fanfare, “Portrait of a Peaceable Warrior” by Kathryn Bostic. A prolific composer of music for movie, tv and theater, Bostic is gaining a popularity for her orchestral works. In his remarks through the pre-concert lecture, Richman described her writing as “muscular, melodic, jazzy, fluid and thrilling,” and famous that the gamers take pleasure in enjoying the piece — all of which was borne out within the efficiency.
The live performance’s centerpiece was Kurt Weill’s “Kleine Dreigroschenmusik,” a collection of eight actions primarily based on music from “The Threepenny Opera.” The suite requires an enlarged model of the pit band for the opera, with two saxophones, bandoneon, banjo, harp, and piano taking their place among the many orchestra’s winds, brass and percussion. Snatches of jazz, blues, German cabaret and dance music, and now-familiar tunes that included “Mack the Knife,” have been carried out with humor and sass. Standouts among the many solos have been performed by trombonist Michael Tybursky and clarinetist Karen Beacham. The suite is filled with barely off-kilter rhythms and melodies, dissonances and shock endings that echo the collective expertise of the previous year-plus.
“Winds & Brass Spectacular” shall be obtainable for one month, for a modest ticket worth, at watch.bangorsymphony.org. You’ll want to watch the pre-concert lecture, which features a behind-the-scenes have a look at producing digital concert events and different goodies.