Yale Concert Band Season Opener Celebrates Yale’s Year of Women

Event time: 
Friday, October 4, 2019 - 7:30pm
Woolsey Hall (WOOL) See map
500 College Street
New Haven, CT 06511
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Thomas C. Duffy, Music Director.
● Master composer/soprano Gilda Lyons’ stunning “La Flor Más Linda” was composed as a response to the September 2018 march on the Nicaraguan dictatorial Ortega government. Ms. Lyons joins the Concert Band as soloist in “Labyrinth of Love” (Michael Daugherty), which celebrates the varied emotions of life, including despair and hope, through the poetry and prose of women throughout history. http://www.gildalyons.com
● Germaine Tailleferre was the only female member of Les Six, a group of young composers who, with Cocteau’s encouragement, rebelled against the impressionistic “fog” and the “pathos” of Wagner. Her Ouverture is the opener for her opera, Il était un Petit Navire, the farcical story of cannibalism on a ship adrift at sea!
Other repertoire:
● The five movements of “Suite Française” (Darius Milhaud) celebrate the folk tunes of provinces where American and Allied forces fought alongside the French underground during WWII. The incorporation of these melodies reinforces the idea of hope – which is the basis of freedom.
● Drawing inspiration from “El Rey de los Timbales,” Brant Karrick’s “Mambo Furioso” seeks to pay homage to the legacy of Tito Puente. The piece builds with various rhythmic patterns layered on top of each other in a mambo-like groove, and features timbales, trumpet, and flute solos.
● Richard Wagner wrote “Trauersinfonie” (literally “mourning symphony”) to accompany the funeral procession of one of his earliest heroes and significant composers of the Romantic school: Carl Maria von Weber. This version, “Trauermusik,” was arranged for band by Michael Votta and John Boyd.
Doors open at 7 pm. Open seating: walk in and find a seat.
Dress: casual. Concert length: 90 minutes. Enjoy the music!