Two of Blair School of Music’s premier large ensembles will take the stage this week.
The Vanderbilt Wind Symphony, conducted by Thomas Verrier, associate professor of conducting, will open its fall performance season on Friday, September 22, with Symphonic Songs. The program will feature a guest appearance by Jared Hauser, associate professor of oboe.
The Vanderbilt University Orchestra will perform a program entitled Rhythmic Tapestry the following evening, Saturday, September 23, as Ernesto Estigarribia Mussi, assistant professor of conducting, makes his Blair conducting debut.
“The selections include Brazilian composer Clarice Assad’s ‘Bonecos de Olinda,’ a piece inspired by the colors, dance, and energy of the carnivals of the Brazilian Northeast,” said Estigarribai Mussi. “We will then perform what I consider to be the most important symphony of the 20th century, Shostakovich Fifth Symphony, a deeply powerful piece that progresses from somber introspection to triumphant resolve with no shortage of political undertones. It’s very thrilling to be conducting the Vanderbilt University Orchestra. The musicians are incredibly talented and deeply invested in the concert. I cannot wait to present our work with the Vanderbilt community and the city of Nashville at large.”