Wednesday, July 3, 2013

WYSO, Week 1

The first week was a pretty amazing way to begin the season.

WYSO was lead by guest conductor JoAnn Falletta. Maestro Falletta is the Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Principal Conductor of the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and Principal Guest Conductor of the Brevard Music Center. For a full bio, see her website. She was an absolute joy to work with, and I sincerely hope that I'm fortunate enough to have another opportunity to work with her in the future.
JoAnn Falletta conducting WYSO in the Star-Spangled Banner

The program for the first concert was as follows:

     Roussel: Bacchus et Ariane, Suite No. 2
     Ewazen: Triple Concerto for Three Trombones and Orchestra
     Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol

The piece that generated the most enthusiasm was the concerto, which featured trombone soloists Jonathan Lombardo, Timothy Smith, and Jeffrey Dee (all of the Buffalo Philharmonic).
WYSO with trombone soloists Jonathan Lombardo, Timothy Smith, and Jeffrey Dee

Maestro Falletta applauding Eric Ewazen's work
We were also fortunate enough to have the composer, Eric Ewazen, with us for a few days.

Eric Ewazen had actually written the piece for JoAnn Falletta, Jonathan Lombardo, Timothy Smith, and Jeffrey Dee, so it was very exciting to have all of them here with us.

WYSO begins rehearsing on Tuesday of each week, and they have rehearsals every morning for two and a half hours. Every Sunday night, they have a concert featuring new repertoire.

All of WYSO's concerts are in Kresge, the largest auditorium on campus. Concerts usually coincide with the sunset, and it's beautiful to see.

The first concert was wonderful, and the musicians are getting better and better. I'm looking forward to seeing what they can accomplish as the summer goes on!

view from the back of the stage at Kresge

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