Save the Sea: Hungarian masterworks in Hobart

With special guest Dr Laszlo Marosi

The Derwent Valley Concert Band will team up with the Hobart Wind Symphony for a powerful Hungarian masterworks.

The special guest for this concert is Hungarian conductor Laszlo Marosi. He is a great advocate and champion of contemporary music, especially the music of his home country. He has collaborated closely with composers and soloists, premiered many new works for wind band and orchestra, and has been at the helm of dozens of commercial recordings of new music.

Dr Marosi has received many awards for his contribution to contemporary music; for his publications and recordings of the music of Frigyes Hidas; and for his international conducting activities – the most recent of these in October last year, the Peace Ambassador Award from Mil milenios de Paz I Fundacion PEA I UNESCO, Argentina.

The event will feature:

Suite for Concert Band by Frigyes Hidas (1928-2007). This delightful work opens with a festive fanfare followed by a playful scherzo, a lugubrious funeral cortège, and an elegant and lovely waltz.

Senza Sordino by Kamilló Lendvay (1928 – 2016). Opening with soloist Simon Reade on trumpet playing a contemplative, quasi-improvisation over simple touches of colour from the band, the piece moves seamlessly into a moto perpetuo for the soloist underlined with strong, rhythmic interjections from the band.

Timon of Athens by Ferenc Farkas (1905 – 2000). This suite drawn from the incidental music to Shakespeare’s play beautifully conjures up the atmosphere of Greek antiquity. The three movements are Alcibiades’ March, Dinner Music, and Dance.

Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet by Gyorgy Ligeti (1923 – 2006). Witty, dramatic, lyrical, energetic, rhythmically intense – and extremely difficult to play! The fifth piece is dedicated to the memory of Béla Bartók.

Save the Sea by Frigyes Hidas (1928 – 2007). A richly textured symphony depicting the many moods of the sea – from the beautifully serene to the tempestuous – this work will be presented by the combined forces of more than 100 musicians with the Hobart Wind Symphony and the Derwent Valley Concert Band.

The Farrall Centre, Friends’ School, 2.30pm July 16, $10/15 at the door.

Content courtesy Lyall McDermott, Derwent Valley Concert Band.

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