Release date: April 10, 2001
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The April 20 concert by the Emory Wind Ensemble, Women and the Wind Ensemble, features the world premiere of a work written specifically for the group, Carolyn Bremers Venus Palimpsest. Bremer was commissioned to write the 10-minute work for the group by Scott Stewart, director of instrumental music at Emory. The concert will be at 8:15 p.m. in the Performing Arts Studio, and is free and open to the public.
I was familiar with Carolyns piece Early Light, and I find her writing to be very well-crafted and witty, says Stewart. We had her to campus in November 1999 to work with the orchestra, and at that time we talked about her writing a piece for Emory. The piece is, as the name implies, about Venus and the cultural connotations connected with the planet, according to Stewart.
Its very clever. It has some humor, says Stewart. Carolyn uses quotes from other known works, including Holsts 'The Planets and some Frankie Avalon. Its a very interesting mix of classical and popular influences.
The program will include Early Light as well as Bremers new piece. Other works on the program are Soundings, by McTee; Danza de los Duendes, by Galbraith; and Trumpet Concerto in A-Flat, by Arutiunian, the latter featuring trumpet soloist Sgt. Susan M. Rider of the Presidents Own United States Marine Corps Band.
And why the salute to women?
The classical music industry is finally embracing the talents of women in what was once a male-dominated field, says Stewart. At Emory, and with this program, we have women in every area: teaching, performing, conducting and composing.
Aside from the exposure in the music world that Emory will receive when Venus Palimpsest is published, Stewart feels strongly about the importance of groups commissioning work.
The intellectual and cultural exercise of commissioning a piece of music is one of the greatest services you can perform in the arts because you encourage the creation of new works, says Stewart. You foster innovation and freshness in the arts. Sometimes you get a masterpiece and sometimes you dont, but either way youve participated in the noble act of the creation of art.
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