Gustav Holst
, (1874-1934), St. Paul’s Suite, Op. 29, No. 2,  (1922)
I. Jig: Vivace
II. Ostinato: Presto
III. Intermezzo: Andante con moto
IV. Finale (The Dargason): Allegro

Dimitri Shostakovich, (1906-75), String Quartet No 8 in C Minor, Op 110, (1960)
I. Largo
II. Allegro molto
III. Allegretto
IV. Largo
V. Largo

Johann Sebastian Bach, (1685-1750) Chorale No. 22: Schmuke dich, o liebe Seele


Edvard Greig, (1843-1907), Holberg Suite, Op. 40, (1884)
I. Praeludium (Allegro vivace)
II. Sarabande (Andante)
III. Gavotte (Allegretto)
IV. Air (Andante religioso)
V. Rigaudon (Allegro con brio)

Johann Sebastian Bach, (1685-1750), Chorale No. 34: Erbarm’ dich mein, o Herre Gott

David Diamond, (1915-2005), Rounds, (1944)
I. Allegro molto vivace
II. Adagio
III. Allegro vigoroso

WQXR HOST:  Elliott Forrest

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ECCO  – East Coast Chamber Orchestra

The critically acclaimed East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO) is a collective of dynamic like-minded artists who convene for select periods each year to explore musical works and perform concerts of the highest artistic quality. Drawing from some of the world’s finest orchestras, chamber groups, and young soloists, ECCO strives for vitality and musical integrity; a self-governing organization, each member is equal and has a voice in every step of the artistic process, from programming to performance. ECCO believes that the best musical experience can speak to all audiences regardless of age or socioeconomic background and performs accordingly across a wide range of venues.

ECCO is also firmly committed to sharing educational experiences with the communities it visits. Through interactive children’s concerts, small group master classes, and one-on-one lessons, ECCO continually seeks out opportunities to connect with young people. Doing so creates a much more engaging concert experience, illustrating through living example the ways in which classical music can be accessible to the modern listener. Performance opportunities also allow the members of ECCO to share the musical knowledge gained during their individual and unique lifetimes of music. The same energy that is contagious in ECCO’s performances is presented and shared without the boundaries of the stage to those interested in learning.

The Empire Brass


Empire Brass Quintet
Rolf Smedvig, Trumpet
Marc Reese, Trumpet
Michelle Perry, French Horn
Mark Hetzler, Trombone
Kenneth Amis, Tuba

* * *Tylman Susato (ca. 1500-ca. 1562)
Basse Dance Bergeret
Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)
Morning Dance from Romeo and Juliet
Troika, from Lieutenant Kije SuiteAntonin Dvorak (1841-1904)
Slavonic Dance No.1 Op.46

Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Dance Russe, from The Nutcracker

Gustav Holst (1874-1934)

Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)
Ritual Fire Dance, from L’amor Brujo (Love, the Magician)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Rondo Alla Turka

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Turkish March

Traditional Irish (14th century)
Kesh Jig

Anthony Holborne (1560-1602)
Gigue Celtic American Folk Music Jig

Tomaso Albinoni (1671-1751)
Introduction and allegro

Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
Something’s Comin’ / Somewhere, from West Side Story

George Gerswhin (1898-1937)
Piano Prelude No. 2
It Ain’t Necessarily So, from Porgy and Bess

Duke Ellington (1899-1974)
It Don’t Mean a Thing – 103rd year tribute

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The Empire Brass enjoys an international reputation as North America’s finest brass ensemble, renowned for its brilliant virtuosity and the unparalleled diversity of its repertoire. The six musicians, all of whom have held leading positions with major American orchestras, perform over 100 concerts a year. In addition to playing across the United States, the Empire Brass has toured the Far East thirteen times and performs regularly in Europe – twice in Rome within the past eighteen months. The Empire Brass has played to standing-room crowds in the former Soviet Union where its concerts were broadcast on television. The ensemble has performed with major symphony orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony and Zurich’s Tönhalle Orchester. They regularly visits leading summer festivals including Ravinia, Tanglewood, Caramoor, Saratoga and Chautauqua. Their discography is considerable and their best selling records on the Telarc label have introduced an even larger worldwide audience to the excitement of brass music ranging from Bach and Handel to jazz and Broadway. The Empire Brass is the first brass ensemble to win the Walter W. Naumburg International Competition in 1976.