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Artifacts / Haithcock, University Of Michigan Symphony Band

Album Summary

>Sheng, Bright : Shanghai Overture
>Puckett, Joel : The Shadow of Sirius, concerto for flute, flute choir & wind ensemble
>Daugherty, Michael : Lost Vegas, for wind band
>Word, Spoken : Bright Sheng discusses "Shanghai Overture for Band" with Mark Clague
>Word, Spoken : Joel Puckett discusses "Shadow of Sirius" with Mark Clague
>Word, Spoken : Michael Daugherty discusses "Lost Vegas" with Mark Clague
>Kuster, Kristin : Two Jades, for violin & wind band
>Bolcom, William : Ghost Rags (3)
>Bolcom, William : Concerto Grosso, for 4 saxophones & orchestra
>Word, Spoken : Kristin Kuster discusses "Two Jades" with Mark Clague
>Word, Spoken : William Bolcom discusses "Graceful Ghost Rag" with Mark Clague
>Word, Spoken : William Bolcom discusses "Concerto Grosso" with Mark Clague
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Notes & Reviews:

This 2-CD set of music for wind ensemble by contemporary American composers also includes lengthy interviews with each composer.

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
The program ends with Bolcom's Concerto Grosso, originally for saxophone quartet and orchestra (2000), scored in 2010 for band accompaniment. I have always been fascinated by Bolcom's music, and I suspect he had a great time writing this four-movement, 20- minute work. Although it keeps hinting at yackety-sax, rollicking good fun, it always pulls back before becoming merely wacky. The highlight of the album is, for me, the poignant II ('Song Without Words'). Beautiful playing by the Donald Sinta Saxophone Quartet, whose members are Dan Graser, Zach Stern, Joseph Girard, and Daniel Hawthorne-Foss. Kudos to director Michael Haithcock for honing and shaping all of the pieces, and to his fine musicians for consistently excellent music-making.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Hill Auditorium, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.



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Works Details

>Sheng, Bright : Shanghai Overture
  • Conductor: Michael Haithcock
  • Ensemble: University Of Michigan Symphony Band
  • Running Time: 6 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral

>Puckett, Joel : The Shadow of Sirius, concerto for flute, flute choir & wind ensemble
  • Performer: Amy Porter (Flute)
  • Conductor: Michael Haithcock
  • Running Time: 20 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2009

>Daugherty, Michael : Lost Vegas, for wind band
  • Conductor: Michael Haithcock
  • Running Time: 14 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>Word, Spoken : Bright Sheng discusses "Shanghai Overture for Band" with Mark Clague
  • Performers: Mark Clague; Bright Sheng (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Word, Spoken : Joel Puckett discusses "Shadow of Sirius" with Mark Clague
  • Performers: Mark Clague; Joel Puckett
  • Running Time: 9 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Word, Spoken : Michael Daugherty discusses "Lost Vegas" with Mark Clague
  • Performers: Mark Clague; Joel Puckett
  • Running Time: 8 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Kuster, Kristin : Two Jades, for violin & wind band
  • Performer: Xiang Gao (Violin)
  • Conductor: Michael Haithcock
  • Running Time: 14 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>Bolcom, William : Ghost Rags (3)
  • Conductor: Michael Haithcock
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Bolcom, William : Concerto Grosso, for 4 saxophones & orchestra
  • Conductor: Michael Haithcock
  • Ensemble: Donald Sinta Saxophone Quartet
  • Running Time: 19 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2000

>Word, Spoken : Kristin Kuster discusses "Two Jades" with Mark Clague
  • Performers: Mark Clague; Kristin Kuster
  • Running Time: 10 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Word, Spoken : William Bolcom discusses "Graceful Ghost Rag" with Mark Clague
  • Performers: Mark Clague; Kristin Kuster
  • Running Time: 7 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Word, Spoken : William Bolcom discusses "Concerto Grosso" with Mark Clague
  • Performers: Mark Clague; Kristin Kuster
  • Running Time: 12 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic