Celebrating André Previn at 85

Celebrating André Previn at 85
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The 2014-15 season is a momentous one for esteemed composer/conductor/performer André Previn, who recently celebrated his 85th birthday. It includes world premieres, special appearances, portrait concerts, and an honorary doctorate.

This week, the Eastman School of Music celebrates. The renowned Eastman Wind Ensemble and conductor Mark Scatterday premiere Previn's first wind ensemble piece, Music for Wind Orchestra (No Strings Attached), during a composer-portrait on Friday October 10. The concert includes Trio for Piano, Oboe and Bassoon, Octet for Eleven, Triolet for Brass, and Vocalise in a new arrangement by Scatterday for soprano, cello, and winds.

The University of Rochester will award Previn an Honorary Doctor of Music degree. He will be in-residence at Eastman for three days attending rehearsals, giving masterclasses, speaking about his international and diverse seven-decade career, and interviewing with WXXI Radio.

Music for Wind Orchestra (No Strings Attached) was co-commissioned by twenty-three bands across the globe and will receive subsequent national and regional premieres throughout the year.

Later this fall, the Cincinnati Symphony gives the world premiere of Previn's Double Concerto for Violin, Violoncello, and Orchestra with soloists Sharon Robinson and Jaime Laredo on Friday November 21 with the composer in attendance. Performances by the Double Concerto's seven other co-commissioners and the Laredo-Robinson Duo will follow: the Austin Symphony, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Kansas City Symphony, the Pacific Symphony, the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

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