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The Return of Ensemble ACJW

Posted: 02/05/2009

Ensemble ACJW returns to Skidmore as guest artists in the Carnegie Hall Premieres Series on Friday, Feb. 6, in a concert that will feature the upstate New York premiere of a Carnegie Hall commission by a major French composer, Marc-André Dalbavie.

Admission is free to the event, which will be in Filene Recital Hall. A pre-concert discussion by the composer and musicians will begin at 7 p.m., moderated by Skidmore Professor of Music Charles M. Joseph. The concert gets under way at 8 p.m. The program includes Fragmente aus einer Show, by Hans Werner Henze, written for brass quintet; the First Piano Quartet by Johannes Brahms; and the First Piano Trio by Dalbavie.

In connection with the concert, the Music Department and the Office of the Dean of Special Programs have announced a special event for the campus community: an “informance” with members of the Ensemble ACJW at noon, Friday, Feb. 6, in the Lucy Scribner Library. The event will take place on the first floor, in the Harris Lobby.

At the informance, the musicians will perform and talk about the work for brass quintet by Henze. The original “show” from which the work was excerpted so offended and scandalized the Berlin intelligentsia of the 1960s that it was heartily booed at its first performance.

The Henze pieces feature horn, two trumpets, and two trombones, to be played by Alana Vegter, Paul Murphy, William Day, Alexander Reicher and Louis Bremer. Bremer, playing bass trombone, is a guest with the ensemble. The Brahms Piano Quartet will be performed by Sacunn Thorsteinsdottir, cello; William Harvey, violin; Angelina Gadeliya, piano; and Brenton Caldwell, viola. Dalbavie’s Piano Trio No. 1 will be played by Thorsteinsdottir, Harvey, and Gadeliya.