New Middwinds Trio to debut at winter concerts
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Community Wind Ensemble will present its winter concerts on Friday, Dec. 6, 7 p.m., at Mount Abraham Union High School, and Wednesday, Dec. 11, 7 p.m., at Middlebury Union High School. Admission is free.
Conductor Jerome Shedd has chosen a program that includes the premiere of a work of his own. “Winter Song” is a short piece for solo euphonium and band, and will feature soloist Alice Weston.
Another solo on the program will be “Oblivion,” a tango for flute and band by Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla, with flutist Susan English.
The concerts will present other works including two classics of 20th-century music for winds, two movements from Igor Stravinsky’s ballet “The Firebird, as well as a medley of music played at the colossal Woodstock Festival, 50 years ago.
This winter’s concerts mark the debut of The Middwinds Trio, featuring Susan English, flute; Mark Bradley, clarinet; and Richard Hopkins, bassoon. The trio will play two movements of a suite by the French composer Ange Flégier.
The Middlebury Community Wind Ensemble has been presenting fine music for winds for over twenty years. Its 40 members include retirees, middle-school students, professional musicians, lawyers, electricians, architects, and technicians from Addison County and beyond.
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