The Orchestra Unbound

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National Orchestral Institute, University of Maryland School of Music

Tune in at 9pm Wednesday to hear this week’s program featuring performances from last summer’s National Orchestral Institute, an annual intensive held at the University of Maryland. Every summer since 1988, the NOI has provided young orchestral players with the opportunity to study under some of the country’s top players and conductors. The Institute admits talented players aged 18-28, who not only perform frequent concerts as the National Festival Orchestra in the University of Maryland’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, but also take part in master classes and seminars on life as an orchestral musician.

Performances by the full orchestra will be featured later in the Young Artists Showcase season, but now we will hear selections from a concert that took place this past June entitled “Orchestra Unbound.” As NOI director Richard Scerbo describes it, this program aims to separate the symphony orchestra into its individual sections, highlighting the various colors that comprise the full orchestral sound.


Haufrecht:  Symphony for Brass and Timpani
--National Festival Orchestra

Lansky:  Threads (percussion suite)
--National Festival Orchestra

Orff:  Carmina Burana suite (transcribed for winds by Friedrich Wanek)
--National Festival Orchestra

Tchaikovsky:  Serenade for Strings (Sonatina, Waltz, and Finale)
--National Festival Orchestra