A work that Igor Stravinsky wrote in the 1920s has inspired the programming for Elevate Ensemble‘s next concert, this Sunday night at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. His Octet is scored for flute, clarinet, two bassoons, two trumpets, trombone, and bass trombone; Artistic Director Chad Goodman and Executive Director Aaron Gervais chose works for different combinations of those instruments, and include two new works that use the same orchestration.
There’s more information about the concert at Elevate Ensemble’s website.
The Octet is the centerpiece of the concert, says Aaron Gervais: “The way we decided to structure this program is we wanted to feature each of the instrumental combinations within the octet separately, and then bring them all back together into larger pieces, including the Octet.” Gervais wrote two pieces that will have their premieres Sunday, Puppies!!!, a duet for the trombones, and an expansion of that duet for all eight instruments in the second half, called Don’t Look At. “It’s a quote that’s mis-attributed to Richard Strauss: ‘Don’t look at the trombones, you’ll only encourage them.’ He actually said something more like ‘When you cue brass instruments, make sure it’s brief and direct,’ but everyone remembers it the wrong way.” The other new piece using all the instruments (plus one more) is Nick Vasallo’s Atum: Everything and Nothing, It’s a piano concerto, with the ZOFO piano duo playing four-hands one piano accompanied by the octet.