Yale Concert Band to
feature Gioacchino Rossini’s William Tell Overture and Leonard Bernstein’s Three Dance Episodes from “On The Town”
Thomas C. Duffy, Music Director
7:30 PM, Friday, February
Woolsey Hall (corner of College & Grove Streets),
Gioacchino Rossini’s William Tell Overture (trans. by Erik W. G. Leidzén) is often considered to be the composer’s
masterpiece. In this opening to Rossini’s opera about thirteenth-century
Switzerland, one hears the lake, the beginning rain, the violent tempest, the
clearing and emergence of the sun, and finally the famous fanfare.
five parts of Darius Milhaud’s Suite
Francaise contain excerpts from French folk songs and are named after
the French provinces in which the American and Allied armies fought together
during World War II: Normandy, Brittany, Ile-de-France, Alsace-Lorraine, and
Fred Cohen wrote Gabrieli Infusion in
honor of the 400th anniversary of Giovanni Gabrieli’s death. The
piece employs exciting metric modulation and is scored so as to highlight the
many choirs within the wind ensemble.
Leonard Bernstein’s Three Dance Episodes from “On The Town” (trans.
by Marice Stith) are drawn from the composer’s musical about three sailors
who spend a day in New York City and discover love. The piece’s movements
reflect the choreographic attributes of the three sailors.
O Magnum Mysterium (Lauridsen) and Thunder and Blazes (Fučik).