Cornell Concert Series features chamber music for winds

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March 7, 2022

The Cornell Concert Series will feature music for eight, nine and 10 wind instruments in a March 28 concert on the Cornell College campus. This free public concert will take place at the Kimmel Theater at 7:30 p.m. and will feature the Palisades Chamber Ensemble under the direction of Joshua Neuenschwander, Director of Instrumental Music music at Cornell.

People attending this free concert are required to follow the COVID campus protocols.

Joshua Neuenschwander, director of instrumental music at Cornell, will conduct the Palisades Chamber Ensemble.

The Palisades Chamber Ensemble brings together some of the region’s finest musicians to perform on the Cornell campus. Performers include members of regional symphony orchestras and music teachers at local colleges, universities and high schools.

The concert will open with “Seascape” by Ruth Gipps, Op. 53, for double wind quintet. The 1958 work was composed for the Portia Wind Ensemble, an all-female ensemble founded by Dame Gipps, one of the most prolific, pioneering and important British composers of the 20th century. Written in a neo-impressionist style, the evocative piece is inspired by the composer’s journey to the coastal town of Broadstairs in Kent.

The iconic neo-classical “Octet for wind instruments” by Igor Stravinsky will be the centerpiece of the concert. The piece was completed in Paris in 1923 and scored for an unusual assortment of instruments: flute, clarinet, two bassoons, two trumpets, tenor trombone and bass trombone. In this work, Stravinsky made a bold change in the compositional style of earlier works, creating a piece built on strict formal structures and intricate counterpoint. The octet is now considered a masterpiece of 20th century wind music.

The concert will end with an interpretation of Charles Gounod’s “Little Symphony for Winds”, written in 1883. It was commissioned by Paul Taffanel, flute teacher at the Paris Conservatory. The instrumentation is a wind octet – two each of oboes, clarinets, bassoons and horns – with an additional flute part for Taffanel. Although written in the Romantic era, Gounod chose to write this piece in a more classical style reminiscent of Mozart’s wind serenades. The performance will provide the audience with enjoyable and memorable tunes to wrap up the concert.

Cornell Concert Series Remaining Event for 2022

The Spring Music Festival will take place from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, April 23 at the Kimmel Theater. the Jim Buenig Jazz Ensemble and Ensemble Mektoub will perform.

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