Yale Concert Band concert to feature world premiere and works by Husa, Strauss

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An ode to Japan’s World Heritage Site Hiraizumi will have its world premiere in a concert on Friday, Feb. 17 by the Yale Concert Band, which will also perform Karel Husa’s “Les Couleurs Fauves,” Richard Strauss’ “Serenade for Winds,” and Paul Hart’s “Cartoons,” and other works.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Woolsey Hall, 500 College St. Admission is free.

New Haven composer Simon Hutchinson wrote “Hiraizumi,” which uses winds and electro-acoustical sound to evoke the Japanese site’s special tranquility. Husa conceived of “Les Couleurs Fauves” as a musical interpretation of the French Impressionist and Fauvist styles of painting. “Serenade for Winds” helped launch Strauss’ career as a successful composer and conductor. “Cartoon” is a tribute to the Saturday morning cartoons that were an integral part of many children’s weekends.

The Yale Concert Band will also perform Shostakovich’s “Festive Overture,” Gailbraith’s “Danza de los Duendes,” and Thomas Duffy’s “And Flights of Angels Sing Thee to Thy Rest.” Duffy is the musical director of the band.

For more information, call 203-432-4111 or visit the Yale Concert Band website.

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