Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon knows what audiences expect when trombones and tubas take the spotlight during an orchestral performance. Sound loud enough to raise the rafters. Heroic swagger and glittering declamation. Or maybe some faintly comic lumbering. Dancing hippos, anyone? But Higdon, whose extensive catalog includes several concertos for a wide range of solo instruments, was after something different in her CSO co-commission for a concerto featuring two tenor trombones, bass trombone and tuba. Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories
The mystery and majesty of the sea have inspired composers for centuries. None was more affected by this watery vastness than Benjamin Britten, who lived near the North Sea virtually his entire life. “He took the character of the sea seriously,” said Paul Kildea, author of the 2013 biography Benjamin Britten: A Life in the Twentieth Century. “He knew its power. He treated it with huge respect and never sentiment.” Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories
Photo gallery of Low Brass Concerto bows and post-concert reception.