RNCM Wind Orchestra
with Callum Smart (violin) and Timothy McAllister (saxophone)
Friday 29 November 7.30pm
RNCM Concert Hall
Ernst Toch Spiel Op 39
Kurt Weill Concerto for Violin and Wind Orchestra Op 12
Ingolf Dahl Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Orchestra
Paul Hindemith Symphony in B flat for Band
Mark Heron, Anna Hartmann conductors
Callum Smart violin
Timothy McAllister saxophone
Tonight’s programme features music by European composers who all emigrated to the United States in their lifetime. Weill’s Violin Concerto was written before he fled Nazi Germany but he went on to be heavily influenced by a new sense of place, in his case, American popular and stage music. However, this concerto played a role in the re-evaluation of his neglected European concert music, pieces that Weill himself had let the world forget.
International Visiting Tutor Timothy McAllister (who was a huge hit at RNCM Sax Day 2017) joins our Wind Orchestra for Dahl’s concerto. Born Walter Ingolf Marcus in Germany, the composer fled Switzerland after it became increasing hostile towards Jewish refugees. When he emigrated to the US, he changed his name to Dahl (after his Swedish mother) and consistently denied his Jewish heritage. Although this piece is tonally traditional, it is also rhythmically influenced by jazz (he worked as an arranger for the Tommy Dorsey swing band) and the works of Stravinsky.
6.30pm // Carole Nash Recital Room
TALK: Transatlantic Musical Migration and Fascism – With Barbara Kelly
Photo by Morris Engel. Image courtesy of the Weill-Lenya Research Centre, Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, New York.