Ensemble LPR Performs Vaughan Williams, Copland, Wolfe and Ives at Naumburg Bandshell

The Naumburg Bandshell concerts are in their 11th year. (Naumburg)

Listen to the archived broadcast as WQXR morning host Jeff Spurgeon, Ensemble LPR and clarinetist Vasko Dukovski kick off the 111th season of free concerts in Central Park’s Naumburg Bandshell on June 14 with a program of 20th and 21st century works. Read more at WQXR

For more information, listen to the interview by WQXR morning host, Jeff Spurgeon, as he talks with Julia Wolfe:

 

 

Ensemble LPR

David Handler, Artistic Director

Vasko Dukovski, clarinet

Ralph Vaughan Williams, (1872-1958), Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis (1910)

Aaron Copland, (1900-90), Concerto for Clarinet, Strings and Harp (1947-49)

I. Slowly and expressively – Cadenza
II. Rather fast

Vasko Dukovski, clarinet

INTERMISSION

Julia Wolfe, (1958-), Cruel Sister (2004)

Charles Ives (1874-1954), The Unanswered Question (Revised Version ca. 1934)

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Gets Personal in Central Park

The trees started rustling ominously, and the sky darkened as the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra performed the first movement Presto of Haydn’s Symphony No. 1, a sense of urgency reflected in its bristling rendition at the Naumburg Bandshell on Tuesday evening…The event was part of the Naumburg Orchestral Concerts series, which has offered free concerts to New Yorkers in Central Park since 1905.

—VIVIEN SCHWEITZER, The New York Times
July 22, 2015
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Boston Symphony Chamber Players Balance Acoustics and Expression

There was a great deal of grace — in Nielsen’s Quintet for Winds. It is one of the composer’s most frequently played works, and with good reason. The writing for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn is richly idiomatic, the neo-Classical style joyfully accessible without ever being pat — Stravinsky without the sarcasm. The Boston players turned in a performance that was balanced and expressive.

—CORINNA da FONSECA-WOLLHEIM, The New York Times
July 14, 2015
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