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Ventus Machina in Concert

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The well-known woodwind quintet, Ventus Machina, will perform an exciting repertoire of works they have not yet explored in three New Brunswick cities in late March and early April. Stalwarts Karin Aurell (flute), Christie Goodwin (oboe), and Patrick Bolduc (bassoon) will be joined in this concert by Symphony New Brunswick musicians Andrew George (clarinet) and John Fisher (horn). Both hail from Saint John, and Symphony New Brunswick is delighted to welcome them to the stage for these special performances.

The program will be very diverse and will feature the works of composers from the United States, Italy, Brazil, and Hungary, across a broad span of music making: Irving Fine; Nino Rota; Heitor Villa-Lobos; György Ligeti; and Endre Szervánszky. The works of Irving Fine (1914-1962), a member of the Boston School (alongside Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein), is noted for its “unusual melodic grace” and its “elegance, style, finish, and convincing continuity.”

Nino Rota (1911-1979) is an Italian composer, pianist, and conductor best known for his film scores, which include works for Fellini, Visconti, and Zeffirelli films. In 1974 Rota won an Academy Award for Best Original Score for The Godfather Part II. Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959) is a Brazilian composer described as “the single most significant creative figure in 20th century Brazilian art music.” He is also undeniably the best-known South American composer of all time. György Ligeti (1923-2006) is a Hungarian composer of classical music, known best for his avant-garde music in addition to the excerpts of his pieces that are part of the film score of 2001: A Space Odyssey. In fact, he was restricted by authorities of communist Hungary and only able to develop his compositional techniques and indulge his passion for new music once he had emigrated to Austria in 1956. Endre Szervánszky (1911-1977) — also a Hungarian composer — studied at the Budapest Academy of Music and has been influenced by Béla Bartok. He was honoured with the “Righteous among the Nations” award by the State of Israel to honour non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews from the Nazis.

SNB General Manager Jennifer Grant says, “I see a political thread running through these exciting musical selections. We are pleased to be presenting works that might not have been heard by everyone but that will be long remembered after the concert.”

Concert details or Ventus Machina in Concert are as follows:

  • March 26, 2017 in Saint John at the Saint John Arts Centre at 2 pm
  • March 30, 2017 in Fredericton at McCain Hall, St. Thomas University at 7:30 pm
  • April 1, 2017 in Sussex at St. Francis Xavier Church at 7:30 pm