Music of Bernard Rands Sees Performances in the US and Abroad

January 25, 2010: Bernard Rands' Ceremonial 3 is performed by the Bristol University Orchestra in Bristol, England on February 6. Commissioned by Carnegie Hall in honor of its centennial, the work was premiered in 1991 by Riccardo Muti and The Philadelphia Orchestra. It was the first work Rands wrote expressly for The Philadelphia Orchestra in his capacity as the orchestra's composer-in-residence.

Also this month, Rands' Ceremonial is performed by the Florida International University Wind Ensemble at the Wertheim Performing Arts Center in Miami, Florida on February 20. The piece is a monothematic composition in which a single, extended melody is repeated ten times during the course of the work, first stated by a solo bassoon, and then subsequently played by various combinations of instruments, always increasing in density and in complexity of timbre. Recordings of Ceremonial and Ceremonial 3 are available on Albany Records and New World Records, respectively.

Next month Daniel Barenboim leads the Staatskapelle Berlin and soprano Angela Denoke in the German premiere of apókryphos at the Philharmonie Berlin on March 14.

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