Saturday, March 3 at 8:00 pm
Osterhout Concert Theater
The University Orchestra will present the world premiere of Music for Strings by BU Faculty composer Paul Goldstaub, Prokofiev's Montagues and Capulets from Romeo and Juliet, Brahms' Academic Festival-Overture, Op. 80 and conclude with Tchaikovsky's Capriccio Italien, Op. 45.
Music for Strings, by Paul Goldstaub, Associate Professor of Music Theory and Composition at Binghamton University, will be performed for the first time on this concert. The composer writes:
"The piece grew out of a conversation (over coffee) with Dr. Timothy Perry in the summer of 2005. My goal was to write a piece that would give the students a modern approach to lyrical, melodic lines, so often missing in new music, along with good rhythmic energy. For several months I explored different orchestrations. I did extensive sketches for a piano concertino, and another version that would feature percussion with strings. As often happens in my composing, the longer I worked with the themes the clearer the choices for orchestration became and I focused on writing for the strings alone. Listeners will hear the opening theme treated in a violin cadenza, and later the same material becomes a cello cadenza. Towards the end of the piece is a double cadenza for the two together. The piece ends quietly, bringing the listener to a different place from where we began."
Goldstaub's compositions have been performed by the Guthrie Theater, the Minnesota Opera and the Cincinnati Opera; at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall; and in Canada, Great Britain, Japan, Germany, Russia and Italy. His comic opera, The Marriage Proposal, based on Chekhov, was produced off-off-Broadway. Goldstaub earned the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees at the Eastman School of Music, and a Bachelor of Music degree at Ithaca College. His publishers include Roger Dean Publishing Company, Lawson-Gould Music, Ken Dorn Publications, and the International Trombone Association Press. A compact disc of instrumental compositions was released in 1998.
This event is sponsored by the Binghamton University Music Department. Tickets are $9 for the general public, $7 for faculty, staff, and seniors, and free for students. Tickets are available at the Anderson Center Box Office from noon to 5:30 p.m. weekdays, by calling (607) 777-AR T S, online at http://anderson.binghamton.edu, or at the door. For more information, call the Binghamton University Music Department at (607) 777-2592 or visit our web site: http://music.binghamton.edu.