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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.”