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Program for May 6, 2016

Dear Friends, 
This week: another program from the archives. 
I'll return to the WMNR studios next Friday, May 13.

May 6, 2016 

Friday Evening Classics & The Night Café
with Will Duchon
beginning at 6 PM ET

6 PM: Debussy: Sonata for Flute, Harp & Viola
Carl Nielsen: Five Piano Pieces, Op. 3
Bartok: Hungarian Sketches
Berlioz: “King Lear” Overture

7 PM:  Purcell: “Fairy Queen” Suite
Ginastera: Sonata for Cello & Piano
Finzi: Concerto for Small Orchestra & Violin

8 PM: The Concert Stage
Carl Nielsen: Symphony No. 4
Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor

9:00: Beethoven: Choral Fantasy
Brahms: Song of Destiny
& music by Rachmaninov and Barber

10: 00 The Night Cafe 
(there are rumors of a guest host)


Sunday, MAY 8, 2016
3:00 PM


The Danbury Concert Chorus & Danbury Symphony Orchestra
join forces for a concert of celebratory music in honor of the Danbury Music Centre's 80th Anniversary. 

Vivaldi's Gloria ~ Haydn's Te Deum 
Beethoven's Choral Fantasy
Sarah Brailey, soprano
Kate Maroney, mezzo-soprano
Will Duchon, piano

Christine Howlett, Musical Director & Conductor Danbury Concert Chorus
Ariel Rudiakov, Musical Director & Conductor- Danbury Symphony Orchestra

Check out Will's brand new recording:
Will Duchon, piano

available on iTunes,, 

Album content:

1. Valses Nobles et Sentimentales (M. Ravel)
2. La Valse (M. Ravel)
3. Waltz in C-sharp Minor, Op. 64, No. 2 (F. Chopin)
4. Waltz in F Minor, Op. 70, No. 2 (F. Chopin)
5. Waltz in E minor, Op. posth. (F. Chopin)
6. Valsa da Dor (H. Villa-Lobos)
7. Valse oubliee No. 1 (F. Liszt)
8. Valse-Impromptu (F. Liszt)
9. Mephisto Waltz No. 1 (F. Liszt)
10. Slow Waltz (Clarice Assad, arranged by Will Duchon)
11. Liebesleid (Kreisler-Rachmaninov)
12. Waltz in A-flat, Op. 39, No. 15 (J. Brahms)


The waltz, a graceful dance in triple meter with an emphasis on the downbeat was a popular dance during the 19th century. Composers eventually explored the possibilities of the waltz through musical stylizations intended to be listened to, rather than for dancing. The selections on this album include some of my favorite waltzes, expressing brilliance, passion, tenderness and intimacy. I am especially grateful to Clarice Assad for allowing me to transcribe her haunting "Slow Waltz", originally scored for string orchestra.

Will Duchon

ABOUT "SLOW WALTZ" (Track #10)

"I wrote this waltz for the New Century Chamber Orchestra - a string orchestra-as part of a longer suite called IMPRESSIONS.
There are five movements in the piece, and this particular movement evoked the stylish Hollywood dramas of film Noir I love, and had been interested in pursuing in my writing at the time. Lush strings seemed to give me the perfect scenario for that kind of experimentation.
I was surprised when Will Duchon contacted me about the idea of making a transcription of Slow Waltz for piano, because I did not imagine it could work as effectively for another instrumentation. But I was wrong. Will did an incredible job at translating the piece both in his transcription and playing, and to my ears it almost sounds as if the piece had been written as such.
It is not often that composers of my generation have their pieces transcribed or arranged by other musicians to different instruments, so that too was an exciting journey for me. I would love to thank Will for his vision, passion, and for giving the waltz such a beautiful treatment with his passionate and elegant playing."

Clarice Assad

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