12-DAY TOUR OF ROME, BOLOGNA, URBINO, DELPHI, & ATHENS
A MEDITERRANEAN TOUR OF ITALY AND GREECE MAY 24 – JUNE 4
FIRST ENSEMBLE TO GIVE CONCERT AT
REFUGEE CAMP IN ATHENS
BAND ALSO RAISING FUNDS TO AID REFUGEES
Classical Movements, Inc., one of the world’s premier concert touring companies, announces the Yale Concert Band’s summer tour to Italy and Greece from May 24 – June 4, 2016. Led by Dr. Thomas C. Duffy, this tour marks the ensemble’s return to Italy and their debut tour to Greece, which will include a performance for Afghan and Syrian refugees on June 1st in Athens at the Eleonas Refugee Camp, making them the first musical ensemble to perform at the camp.
Neeta Helms, Classical Movements, Inc. President comments:
“For decades, Classical Movements has used the universal language of music to reach beyond boundaries, working tirelessly to share its powerful ability to provide transformative and healing experiences for people around the world. Under the present circumstances, we are grateful to the Greek government for allowing us to bring the gift of music to a group of remarkable individuals who have been forced to flee their homeland, separated from the comfort of their families, and torn from the lives they once knew. Together with Maestro Duffy and The Yale Concert Band, we are honored to be able to offer the refugees the sound hope during a time of discord.”
Thomas C. Duffy, Music Director of Yale Concert Band comments:
“The Yale Concert Band is genuinely grateful for the opportunity to perform exciting, contemplative, exuberant and spiritually uplifting music for audiences throughout Greece. The Concert Band is committed to bringing its music to all people, and is humbled to have the opportunity to perform at the Eleonas Refugee Camp in Athens. Its residents should not be denied the pleasure of hearing great music, nor this experience with visiting musicians – an experience so different from their daily routines. We hope that our music can help to drown out the sounds of a world gone mad with war.”
The twelve-day circuit consists of multiple free concerts in the cities of Rome, Bologna, Urbino, Delphi, and Athens, as well as collaborations with local ensembles MuSa Chorus & MuSa Jazz Big Band (Rome) and Coro del Collegium Musicum (Bologna).
Featuring a Mediterranean themed program, highlights include works by Respighi, Rossini, the Aegean Festival Overture, two contemporary pieces entitled Dances from Crete (2003) and Hymn for World Peace (2014), and a performance of Michele Mangani’s Urbino, conducted by the composer himself.
Known nationally and internationally for its outstanding artistry and performances of traditional and unusual music in a variety of settings, the Yale Concert Band is made up of fifty brass, woodwind, keyboard, and percussion players (including a string bass).
Meet the Yale Concert Band
The Yale Concert Band’s storied history includes many distinguished accomplishments such as performances in prestigious venues like the Royal Albert Hall and St. John’s Smith Square in London. The band can also boast of a compact disc release on the Denon label (recorded while on tour in Japan), and at least 12 commissions by well-known and up-and-coming composers, including Steven Stucky, who was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Music in 2005.
The Yale University Concert Band has the distinction of being the first United States college concert band to tour Europe, having toured in 1956 with Director of Bands and Professor Emeritus Keith L. Wilson. Since that time, the Concert Band has completed twenty-four concert tours to destinations including Puerto Rico, California, Florida, Texas, the Netherlands, Germany, France (twice), Switzerland, England (three times), Denmark, Bermuda (twice), Japan, Italy, Ireland, Spain, Africa, Austria, the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, and, most recently, South Africa and Swaziland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania
Meet the Director
The band is under the dynamic direction of Dr. Thomas C. Duffy, a composer, conductor, and Professor of Music at Yale University. Among other posts, Dr. Duffy has served as a member of the Fulbright National Selection Committee as well as Publicity Chair of the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles. Dr. Duffy has accepted commissions from the American Composers Forum, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Army Field Band, and many other bands, choruses, and orchestras. He has conducted in Japan, Austria, the Czech Republic, England, Finland, France, Ireland, Russia, Spain, Africa, and Italy. In 1982, Dr. Duffy joined the Yale faculty and, in 2010, he received the Citation of Excellence from the National Band Association.
|Aegean Festival Overture (1967)||Andreas Makris/arr. Major Albert Bader|
|Ave Maria (1964)||Franz Biebl/arr. Robert Cameron|
|Ballo del granduca (c. 1600)||Jan Sweelinck/trans. Michael Walters|
|Canzona (1951)||Peter Mennin|
|Dances from Crete (2003) |
• Somaria Gorge
|Gaudeamus igitur (1287)||Traditional/arr. Thomas C. Duffy|
|Hymn for World Peace (2014)||David Maslanka|
|Michigan’s Motors (1996)||Thomas C. Duffy|
|Overture to Semiramide (1823)||Gioachino Rossini/arr. Vincent F. Safranek|
|Symphony No. 2 (2003) |
• Shooting Stars
III. Apollo Unleashed
|The Old One Hundredth Psalm Tune (1953)||Ralph Vaughan Williams/arr. Robert Washburn|
|Urbino (1994) |
Michele Mangani, guest conductor
|Vetrate Di Chiesa (1926) |
• San Michele Arcangelo (St. Michael the Archangel)
• San Gregorio Magno (St. Gregory the Great)
|Ottorino Respighi/ arr. José Schyns|
Fri., 27 May at 8:30 p.m. – Aula Magna, La Sapienza University, Rome
Sat., 28 May at 9:00 p.m. – Santa Cristina Church, Bologna (w/ Bologna choir)
Sun., 29 May at 5:00 p.m. – Collegio Raffaello courtyard, Urbino
Wed., 1 June at 11:00 a.m. – Delphi Archaeological museum, Delphi
Wed., 1 June at 6:45p.m. – Eleonas Refugee Camp, Athens
Thu., 2 June at 7:30 p.m. – Parish of St. George/Chapel of St. George, Athens
About Classical Movements, Inc.
Classical Movements is one of the world’s leading concert planning and music management companies.
Clients include some of the world’s finest orchestras, including the National Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, and several other European and American Orchestras. They also are a leader in making concert and travel arrangements for some of the best choruses around the world, including The Collegiate Chorale, Dallas Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Pacific Boychoir, VocalEssence, Young People’s Chorus of New York City, and many more! In its 23 years, Classical Movements has worked in over 145 countries on six continents.
The company also produces the Eric Daniel Helms New Music Program for new music commissions, an international choral series, and four annual international music festivals in Europe, South America, Africa and North America. A winner of the prestigious BCA10: Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts in America given by Americans for the Arts, Classical Movements strives to spread global understanding and unity through the universal language of music.