The New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra goes “Four x 4”
Hard rocking rhythms and virtuoso concerto playing will rule the stage on Saturday, June 4 at the New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra’s annual spring concert at Christ Church, New Brunswick.
The concert – “Four x 4” will feature four new or recent pieces by four adventurous composers. Led by conductor Mark Hyczko, the musicians of New Brunswick’s oldest classical music ensemble will tackle two works by 20-something composers from NYC: Judd Greenstein and Mohammed Fairouz. Both artists combine serious classical chops with a taste for fast-paced rock-infused rhythms and chunky melodies. Greenstein’s “Four on the Floor”, originally for string quartet and recently expanded to string orchestra, explores the ancient idea of the “perpetual motion machine” with pairs of instruments exploring contrasting grooves. Fairouz’ “The Named Angels” weaves minimalist harmonies around funky world music melodies and danceable beats.
At the center the show will be Alberto Ginastera’s 1965 masterpiece, Concerto per corde (Concerto for Strings). Comprising fragments of works the Argentine composer had written for chamber performances at the Kennedy Center by such luminaries as the legendary cellist Pablo Casals, the concerto features blistering solos for each of the orchestra’s instruments, combined in a haunting folk-like score.
As in previous years, the NBCO’s June concert will include a new work commissioned from a Rutgers composition student, chosen from the the brilliant Mason Gross composition program. This year’s winner is Jinsil Lee, who has written a fiery and entertaining concerto for piano and orchestra entitled “The Beginning” that features pianist Carl Patrick Bolleia.
The concert begins at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $20 ($10 for students). PURCHASE TICKETS NOW. Parking is available in the deck next door and another down the street from Christ Church, which is located at 5 Paterson Street, between Neilson and George streets.
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