JZPhoto3109The World Premiere of “Solar Traveller” Concerto for Piano and Wind Orchestra by Judith Lang Zaimont will be presented by the Peabody Wind Ensemble, Dr. Harlan D. Parker, Conductor, on Wednesday, October 7, at 7:30 pm in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall of The Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, 17 East Mount Vernon Place in Baltimore, Maryland.

The pianist will be Timothy Hoft, a DMA candidate studying at Peabody with Benjamin Pasternack. Also on the program are Early Light, by Carolyn Bremer; Music for Prague 1968, by Karel Husa; and Children’s March, “Over the Hills and Far Away,” by Percy Aldridge Grainger.

The composer has written about the new Concerto, “Inspired by the vastness, wonder, and beauty of sky and space, the “Solar Traveller” concerto is in three movements: Outward Bound, Nocturne (Lunar), and Ad astra per aspera. We encounter music as desolate and unfamiliar as a lunar landscape largely expansive, as if in ‘stopped’ time. The name of the third movement, Latin for “To the stars through difficulties,” is reflected in cross-rhythms, chromatic clashes, and a prominent role for the percussion section. Across the three movements  both soloist and the ensemble experience the long-term compressive forces of space flight in  musical terms: The kernel of each movement is a progressively smaller musical interval, closing by movement from a third, to a second, down to pounding unisons in the final movement.”

The Ensemble commissioned the work along with faculty members at the Eastman School of Music, Indiana State University, Louisiana State University, Shepherd University, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Southern Mississippi.

Tickets for the October 7 concert are $15, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students with I.D. For tickets, call the Peabody Box Office at 410-234-4800. Complete program information, and Audio Program Notes, may be found at http://www.peabody.jhu.edu/events.

Dr. Harlan D. Parker (http://www.peabody.jhu.edu/harlanparker) is now in his 20th year as conductor of the Peabody Wind Ensemble. Under his direction, they (http://www.peabody.jhu.edu/pwe) have released several critically acclaimed recordings of works by living composers.

More information about Ms. Zaimont, including sound clips of many of her compositions, is available at her website http://www.jzaimont.com/ and at her MySpace page, http://www.myspace.com/judithlangzaimont.

More information about Ms. Zaimont, including sound clips of many of her compositions, is available at her website http://www.jzaimont.com/ and at her MySpace page, http://www.myspace.com/judithlangzaimont.

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