Windham Orchestra Celebrates Spring

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March 22, 2015

Windham Orchestra for March Blog

Windham Orchestra offers its third concert of the 2014-15 season this week in Brattleboro and Saxtons River. The program, entitled Celebrating Spring includes a premier by a local composer, a performance by this year’s Windham Orchestra Concerto Competition, an oboe concerto and an overture.

There will be four performances – a lunchtime concert on Thursday, March 26, and a matinee on March 29 at the Latchis Theater. A concert for school children will be presented Thursday, March 26, at 9:30 a.m. at the Latchis. The orchestra will also perform on Saturday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m., at Vermont Academy.

Composer Etan Nasreddin-Longo wrote Lucifer's Love Song for The Lord for the Windham Orchestra. He describes the piece as a “musical self-portrait” Raised in Newfane, VT and schooled at Amherst College, University of Chicago and University of California, Dr. Nasreddin-Longo studied the gamelan, Indonesian traditional music typically played by an ensemble of mostly percussion instruments. You can hear western and Javanese influences in his compositions.

David Horak, of Norwich, VT, won the 2015 Windham Orchestra Concerto Competition on February 8. The competition is open to instrumental and vocal music students in grades 9-12 who live or attend schools in the greater Brattleboro area. David studies piano, recorder, ensembles, and music theory and is a violinist with the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra. He will play the Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2.

Jessica Morrow will be the soloist for the Orchestra’s performance of Richard Straus' Oboe Concerto.  An accomplished woodwind player for over fifty years, Ms. Morrow plays with the Windham Orchestra and Pioneer Valley Symphony.

The fourth piece of the program is Rimsky-Korsakoff's Russian Easter Festival, described by Windham Orchestra’s Maestro Hugh Keelan “one of the warmest and most vivid orchestral showpieces ever written.”

For more information about the Orchestra and this weekend’s concerts, visit windhamorchestra.org.

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