Fireworks Ensemble with Empire State Youth Orchestra
Saturday, February 11, 2017, 8:00 pm
Prepare for musical fireworks as hundreds of the region’s premiere youth musicians join the outstanding Fireworks Ensemble, a cross-over music ensemble that was lauded by the New York Times for its “hell-for-leather arrangements” and “show-stopping solos.” For one night only, they will provide an evening of improvisation and contemporary American music unlike any other, including the world-premiere of a new piece titled Play.
From the Grateful Dead to West Side Story, the musical collaboration will “play” with the audience’s perceptions of contemporary American music. The night will showcase daring improvisation and a sampling of chamber, solo, and orchestra performances of music that crisscrosses genres and generations, including the world-premiere of a piece by composer and Fireworks’ founder and bassist, Brian Coughlin. Play, will blend the nuance of chamber performance with the strength of a full orchestra and the playfulness of improvisation on a grand musical scale.
In addition to the world-premiere of Play, they will perform Michael Torke’s stadium-rousing, Javelin and a unique West Side Story medley. Fireworks Ensemble will also perform a full set of uniquely arranged, New American classics including works by Derrick May, Grateful Dead, Mercer Ellington, and A Tribe Called Quest.
Listen to Brain and ESYO Music Director Helen Cha-Pyo discuss the upcoming concert on a recent WAMC interview.
More about Fireworks ensemble can be found at fireworksensemble.org.
More about ESYO can be found at esyo.org.
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