September 25th, 2021
Barbara Hill performs the World Premier of Stephen Gryc's Concerto for Horn and Orchestra with The Hartt School Orchestra! Check out the highlight reel below!
Concerto for Horn and Orchestra (2020) by Stephen Michael Gryc
My Concerto for Horn and Orchestra was commissioned by the Hartt School as part of the celebration of its centenary. The work is dedicated to the generations of students, faculty and staff of the Hartt School who have steadfastly dedicated themselves to the “service of the beautiful” even during the difficult years of the Great Depression, World War II, and the current pandemic.
Almost all my orchestral works have been composed for soloist and orchestra. The inherent drama of one player standing in front of a large ensemble has been a great stimulus to my imagination. I don’t think of a concerto as a “solo with orchestra accompaniment”. It is, rather, a dialogue between soloist and orchestra, and I work as hard on the orchestral part as on the soloist’s part.
It was the artistry of Barbara Hill, a principal player of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and a Hartt teacher, that inspired me to write my latest concerto specifically for the horn and for Barbara. This performance will be the third time that Edward Cumming has conducted the premiere of one of my concerti; he led the Hartford Symphony Orchestra in the premieres of my trombone concerto (written for Joseph Alessi of the New York Philharmonic) and my violin concerto (written for Leonid Segal, concertmaster of the Hartford Symphony).
--Stephen Michael Gryc
October 25, 2021
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Hartt Horns present works by Strauss, Gliere, Civil, Vinter, and some holiday classics!
Jane Murray visiting the Hartt Horn Studio for a Workshop on Body Mapping.
Jane Murray has been a licensed Body Mapping Educator, teaching Body Mapping for musicians: a somatic awareness curriculum which can help musicians of all ages retrain their movement to allow them to play without pain and avoid injury. In addition to giving individual sessions in her home studio, she is in demand as a clinician and has presented classes and workshops at UMass Amherst, SUNY Purchase, Providence College, Boston Woodwind Society, and for the International Double Reed Society 2016 Conference in Columbus, GA. She teaches the course for music majors at Rhode Island College and URI.
Our body map is the mental representation of how we are put together and how we move. Everyone has one, whether they are conscious of it or not.
Your body map determines how you use your body. If your map is off-your movement is off, resulting in potential for pain, injury and/or limitation.
BODY MAPPING is the conscious refining and retraining of the way you move which will be determined by correcting misperceptions. Rooted in the pedagogy of Alexander Technique, Body Mapping uses visual images and models to illustrate the anatomical truth.
So excited to be heading back to Wintergreen Music Festival for a month of teaching and performing!