WHERE: Hudson View Gardens (NYC), and Chappaqua Chamber Series (Westchester, NY)
WHEN: Sunday, January 19, 2014, and Sunday, January 26, 2014See CALENDAR (click word) for more information.
"Hello! I am writing because I heard of your wonderful performance of Quiet City on NPR from my professor. I am currently in the final stretch of my studies of music education at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and am planning a recital. I have been working on Quiet City and am to the point where I need to get an ensemble together. I am curious if there is any way I would be able to perform the same arrangement you did, with saxophone and clarinets. As soon as I heard the difference of performance and feel I was mesmerized. If you have not yet released it for publication I understand but I sincerely hope that this will be able to be the version I present."
He's in luck! It became available this March 2013 through Hal Leonard!
Thank you to everyone who has listened and commented on FACEBOOK or via email. I really appreciate your participation in this musical dialogue; as an artist I find it invaluable to hear what you all have to say and what emotionally resonates with you. My next project will break new ground thanks, in no small way, to your help.
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Also, is a new page for the official ensemble that formed from the recording of that CD and live performance: the QUIET CITY CHAMBER ENSEMBLE (QCCE). Under that page I have photos, videos, a concert program, and educational programs relating to QCCE.
What: "The City at Night" featuring Copland's QUIET CITY (restored chamber version)
Where: Copland House at Merestead, 455 Byram Lake Road, Mount Kisco, NY
When: Sunday, November 13, 3 pm
More information: Contact Copland House at 914-788-4659 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
On September 17, hear Aaron Copland’s music as never before
Concert at Christ Episcopal Church in Poughkeepsie features newly-discovered work by Copland and other rarely-heard American works
Reception follows with specially created dessert by
designer cake maker Kim Simons
Who: Saxophonist Christopher Brellochs and friends
What: Concert celebrating the world premiere recording of music by Aaron Copland
Where: Christ Episcopal Church, 20 Carroll Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
When: Saturday, September 17, 7:30 pm
Tickets: $15 at the door
More information: Contact Christ Episcopal Church at 845-452-8220, and visit the CALENDAR on this website.
My thanks to Boosey & Hawkes, who publishes all of Copland's music, for helping to promote this performance! They list this concert on their website about 2/3 of the way down.
On Saturday, September 17 at 7:30 pm, saxophonist and composer Christopher Brellochs presents a concert celebrating the CD release Quiet City, a world premiere recording of music by Aaron Copland and other American 20th century composers. The concert, at Christ Episcopal Church, 20 Carroll St, Poughkeepsie, features Brellochs and his new adaptation of Aaron Copland's Quiet City. Although Quiet City has been an orchestral favorite for 70 years, Brellochs recently discovered the unpublished manuscript of incidental music to the play. He adapted the score, using the original instrumentation and restoring musical themes that have never before been heard. At this concert, Brellochs will describe his journey with this composition from incidental music to world premiere recording.
Also performing are GRAMMY-nominated pianist Allison Brewster Franzetti, New York City Opera principal trumpet Donald Batchelder, clarinetist Mitchell Kriegler, and saxophonist Paul Cohen. The program features selections from the new CD Quiet City (Sono Luminus DSL-92135). The recording features American music by Aaron Copland, Leo Ornstein, Robert Aldridge, Walter Hartley, Lawson Lunde, and Seymour Barab.
Christopher Brellochs lives in the Hudson Valley where he is a professor and chair of the music program at Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie, NY. He earned a doctorate from Rutgers University, a master's degree from New York University, and a bachelor's degree from Ithaca College. His other recordings include solo CD, Apotheosis of the Saxophone (2008).
Quiet City is anything but quiet, dull, or boring. Saxophonist Christopher Brellochs and his fellow musicians create an extremely enjoyable album of music by Copland and other American composers to whom they wish to give exposure. The title work is poignant, with the trumpet and clarinets contributing to the melancholy, somber mood: the musicians capture a sense of seriousness and quiet gravity that is at the same time accessible to the listener. When the music turns lively, Brellochs and the others are able to shift into that emotion easily, adding the bass clarinet for more color. Brellochs has done a good job both in his performing of the work and in its adaptation.
New CD "Quiet City" has been gaining significant radio play including this coming Friday, July 29 onWMHT during the 7am hour with Bill Winans. Other radio stations playing "Quiet City" includeIndiana Public Radio (July 7 & 18), Vermont Public Radio, and ABC Classic FM.
Other radio stations playing "Quiet City" include Vermont Public Radio, ABC Classic FM, and WOMR.
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The Copland Estate and Boosey & Hawkes (Copland’s Publisher) have recognized the unique value and authentic nature of a new concert version of Aaron Copland’s Quiet City, and will be adding it to their catalogue in spring 2010.
Accomplished saxophonist, scholar, and teacher Christopher Brellochs currently has the exclusive right to perform and record this new version of Quiet City and is excited to share this amazing music with audiences. This historically relevant piece has taken an intriguing journey from incidental music to the concert stage. For the first time ever we can examine and enjoy one of the most beloved masterpieces by an iconic American composer in its entirety and for the original chamber ensemble.
In 1939 Aaron Copland composed incidental music for a play by Irwin Shaw called The Quiet City. The play was cancelled after two tryout performances. Although the original manuscript has never been published, it yielded material for two works. First was the well-known concert version of Quiet City (1940) for trumpet, English horn, and string orchestra; second was the Academy Award nominated film score to Our Town (1940). Both works utilized only a portion of the original music. Coinciding with the seventieth anniversary of Copland’s orchestral version of Quiet City, there is a new concert version by Christopher Brellochs that includes all the musical material from the unpublished manuscript and preserves the original chamber ensemble of trumpet, alto saxophone, Bb clarinet (doubling with bass clarinet), and piano. This is not an arrangement but a new adaptation including previously unheard, original music.