Beethoven, Mozart and More! …
… are on tap for the final program in this summer’s free outdoor concert series in partnership with the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, on the Plaza of the New Bedford Whaling Museum on Friday, August 27 at 3:00 p.m. featuring the NBSO’s outstanding wind and brass players.
In the 18th century the “Wind Band,” consisting of pairs of wind instruments plus horns, was one of the most popular ensembles for entertainment at the soirées of the rich and famous. As a result, some of the most important composers in history have written masterpieces for such an ensemble.
In a concert titled “Winds of Change: Four Centuries of Music for the Wind Band,” the glories of this rich repertoire will be explored with pieces from the 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th Centuries. The Program will feature Mozart’s delightful Serenade No. 11 for Winds in E-flat major K375, (which was written in honor of Saint Teresa of Ávila), Beethoven’s important Wind Octet in Eb Major, op.103, and English composer Gordon Jacob’s lyrical and entertaining Divertimento for Wind Octet. The program will conclude with a few musical surprises.
Sponsored in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the concerts showcase a wide range of popular and classical music.