Windscape to Perform at Boston University Featuring a Boston Premiere by Bruce Maccombie

in Arts, College of Fine Arts, News Releases
January 26th, 2000

Contact: Judith Sandler, 617-353-8783 | jusandle@bu.edu

(Boston, Mass.) — Boston University School for the Arts will present Windscape, an ensemble of five eminent New York musicians–faculty member Marya Martin, flute, and guest artists Stephen Taylor, oboe, Alan Kay, clarinet, Frank Morelli, bassoon, and David Jolley, horn–in a free concert on Monday, February 14, at 8:00 p.m. at the Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston.

Making its Boston-area debut, the ensemble will present a program that spans the 20th century, from Puccini’s Tosca, written in 1900, to a brand new piece by Boston University Dean Bruce MacCombie. The concert will include Mozart’s Adagio and Allegro, John Harbison’s Quintet for Winds, Charles Mingus’s Self Portrait in Three Colors, and Act III from Puccini’s Tosca. The program will also feature the Boston premiere of MacCombie’s Anecdotes for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, and Horn.

Monday afternoon, February 14, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m., each member of Windscape will present a master class, open to the public free of charge at the Boston University School for the Arts.

Created in 1994, Windscape presents programs which combine the masterpieces of the woodwind repertoire with arrangements by members of the quintet of classics from the genres of jazz, classical, and world music.

The ensemble has appeared on the radio coast-to-coast as a featured guest on Minnesota Public Radio’s St. Paul Sunday and again in Live From Glenn Gould Studio, a popular program produced by the Canadian Broadcasting Company. Each season Windscape presents a concert series in Manhattan, which offers the perfect forum for the ensemble to devise new programs and experiment with new arrangements and repertoire.

Over the past few seasons, the ensemble has toured throughout the U.S. and Canada. They have also collaborated with such esteemed chamber musicians as Anne Marie McDermott, Jon Kimura Parker, Eugene Istomin, André Michel Schub, and Joanne Polk. The members of the ensemble are Artists-in-Residence at the Manhattan School of Music.

In the 1999-00 season, Windscape travels for the first time to New Zealand for a six-concert tour. They also have North American concerts in College Park, MD, Des Moines, IA, Danbury, CT, in addition to their four-concert series in New York City. Windscape was featured on the 1999 Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival where they gave the World Premiere of Kenji Bunch’s Changes of Phase, for Wind Quintet.

In October 1999, Arabesque Records released Windscape’s debut CD: The Roaring Twenties, featuring works by Louis Armstrong, Kurt Weill, Paul Hindemith, Igor Stravinsky, Heitor Villa-Lobos, and George Gershwin.

Admission to this concert is free and open to the public. For further information call the Tsai Performance Center at (617) 353-8724, contact the School for the Arts Events Line at (617) 353-3349, or log onto the School for the Arts home page at http://www.bu.edu/cfa. For information on the master classes, call 617/353-8783.

BIOGRAPHIES

Bruce MacCombie, composer

Bruce MacCombie has served as Dean of the School for the Arts at Boston University since July 1992. This follows a six-year tenure as Dean of The Juilliard School in New York (1986-92). From 1980 to 1985, MacCombie served as vice president and director of publications for G. Schirmer and Associated Music Publishers, Inc. He has been the recipient of various awards and grants, which have included the Sutherland Dows Fellowship, a DAAD grant to the Freiburg Conservatory, a travel grant from the Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund for Music, commissions from the Jerome Foundation, the Aeolian Chamber Players, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Seattle Symphony, and the Twentieth Century Consort, among others. He holds a Ph.D. in music from the University of Iowa (1971) and has studied at the Freiburg Conservatory. In 1986, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree by the University of Massachusetts. MacCombie’s works are published by European American Music.

Marya Martin, flute

New Zealand-born flutist Marya Martin has triumphed as a virtuoso solo performer and a sought-after chamber musician since her acclaimed solo debut at Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center. Winner of the prestigious Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Ms. Martin was also a top prizewinner in The Naumburg Competition, The Munich International Competition, and the Jean-Pierre Rampal International Competition. She has toured extensively as a soloist with the symphony orchestras of St. Louis, Seattle, and New Zealand, in addition to the Brandenburg Ensemble and Mostly Mozart. As a chamber musician, Ms. Martin has appeared with the Chamber Music at the “Y,” Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Music at Angel Fire, and Bravo! Colorado. Ms. Martin is the Founder and Director of the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival and is on the faculty at the Manhattan School of Music and Boston University School for the Arts. Ms. Martin can be heard on New World Records, Musical Heritage Society, Kiwi-Pacific Records, and Orion Master Recording.Stephen Taylor, oboe

Stephen Taylor is a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Orpheus Chamber Ensemble, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble. He has appeared at major music festivals worldwide, including Angel Fire, Bravo! Colorado, Aldeburgh, Spoleto, Casals, Caramoor, and Chamber Music Northwest. Closely associated with contemporary music, Mr. Taylor has appeared as solo oboist with the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, Group for Contemporary Music and Speculum Musicae, premiering dozens of new works, many of which were composed for him. In 1992, he was featured in the world premiere of André Previn’s song cycle Honey and Rue and in 1993 performed the U.S. premiere of Elliot Carter’s Trilogy for oboe and harp. Mr. Taylor is on the faculties of Manhattan School of Music and SUNY Stony Brook and has more than 100 recordings to his credit.

Alan R. Kay, clarinet

Since winning the 1981 Juilliard Clarinet Competition, Alan Kay’s solo, chamber music, and orchestral performances have taken him throughout the world. Formerly principal clarinetist with the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, Mr. Kay is currently principal of New York City’s Riverside Symphony Orchestra and the New York Chamber Ensemble and appears frequently with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the New York Chamber Orchestra and the New York Chamber Symphony. Mr. Kay is a founding member of the Young Concert Artists award-winning piano and wind sextet, Hexagon. He appears frequently with the Santa Fe, Bridgehampton, and Music at Gretna Festivals, and with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Da Camera Society of Houston. A busy chamber music recording artist, he currently has nine CD releases available. Equally at home as a soloist, Mr. Kay has performed with the Riverside, New Amsterdam, and Jupiter symphonies, and with the New York Chamber Ensemble. Mr. Kay was honored with the C.D. Jackson Award for outstanding achievement as a Music Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center. He teaches on the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music, Juilliard, and Purchase College. As a conductor, Mr. Kay is the Music Director of the Purchase Symphony Orchestra in the SUNY system.David Jolley, French horn

Acclaimed for his remarkable virtuosity, both as a soloist with orchestra and chamber musician, hornist David Jolley recently gave the world premiere of Ellen Taaffe Zwilllich’s Concerto for Horn with the Rochester Philharmonic, and the New York premiere at Carnegie Hall with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Other recent performances include guest appearances with the Guarneri String Quartet, the Beaux Arts Trio, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Mostly Mozart Festival, and the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio. Mr. Jolley has appeared in solo recitals at Alice Tully Hall and the 92nd Street “Y.” A founding member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, he has made over two dozen recording with Orpheus on the Deutsche Grammophon label. He has solo releases on Arabesque that include Adagio and Allegro, a collection of German Romantic classics, and a recording of sonatas and trios of Alec Wilder.

Frank Morelli, bassoon

Frank Morelli studied with Stephen Maxym at the Manhattan School of Music and the Juilliard School and holds the distinction of being the first bassoonist to be awarded a doctorate by the Juilliard School. He has over 100 recordings to his credit on major labels, including Deutsche Grammophon. Mr. Morelli has appeared with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center on numerous occasions and has performed at the 92nd Street “Y,” the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Spoleto, Newport, Caramoor, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, and Norfolk festivals. He is also a member of the Festival Chamber Music Society. Mr. Morelli serves on the faculties of the Juilliard School as well as the Yale and Manhattan schools of music and is principal bassoonist of the New York City Opera Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic, and the American Composers Orchestra.

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