May 14, 2009

Making music in Connecticut

Two Connecticut composers will be in Bristol to hear the premieres of their music by the Nutmeg Symphony Orchestra on Saturday night.

The concert, “Made in Connecticut,” will feature a symphony by the late Charles Ives, a renowned composer from Danbury.

The two contemporary pieces will be the state premiere of “Introduction and Grand March,” by Wesleyan Professor Neely Bruce and the world premiere of “A Matter of Scale” by Professor Robert Carl, chair of the composition department of the Hartt School of Music at The University of Hartford.

“I’m extremely excited about it,” said Bruce, a composer, conductor, pianist, and Ives scholar who serves on the symphony’s board. “It’s a very good orchestra.”

Both composers donated the music to the symphony for the concert, said conductor Marshall Brown, who searched for pieces of music that would fit with the Ives symphony.

Ives’ “Symphony No. 1,” which will be part of Saturday’s concert, is “a very, very gorgeous piece,” said Brown. “It won the Pulitzer Prize in 1947.”

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Anonymous said...

Too bad this concert takes place the same night as the annual "ACE Award" banquet at the Carousel Museum. Who didn't check with whom before scheduling these competing events?

Steve Collins said...

My understanding is that the symphony was scheduled first. But, really, this kind of conflict is exactly the sort of thing all of these cultural/entertainment officials have been trying to figure out how to avoid for years now. And yet it still happens.