Get ready for the second weekend of Arpeggio Music Festival. The festival is the brainchild of Bill Bonnell, who has been making music or listening to music or thinking about music since age 11. Now retired after a career in graphic design and branding, he continues to travel often to concerts and music festivals around the U.S. and abroad. The theme of this year’s festival, new perspectives, posits that experiencing a musical work in a different arrangement can expand one’s understanding of the composer’s processes. This will be a weekend of contrasts.
Here’s the schedule:
Friday, June 9, at 7:30. Gustav Mahler’s Ninth Symphony, arranged for piano four hands
Hear the emotional journey, from contemplation and nostalgia to turmoil and finally acceptance, in one of Mahler’s most profound and introspective compositions.
Saturday, June 10, at 7:30. Jazz: Total Improv, with Bennie Wallace, tenor saxophone; Mark Helias, bass; and Bruce Barth, piano
Improvisation is at the heart of jazz. Listen in as these three musicians elaborate on a harmonic and rhythmic framework that at the same time highlights each musician’s creativity and singularity.
Sunday, June 11, at 4:00. Concert Band and Organ, playing pieces originally written for orchestra and organ
Prepare to be blown away! The final concert of the weekend organist Craig Symons The Connecticut Symphonic Winds’ sixty-five musicians will play music by Strauss, Hindemith, Wagner, and Saint-Saens transcribed for concert band and organ.
For more detailed information about the concerts and to buy tickets online, go to www.ArpeggioFestival.org. Tickets, which are $20, are also available at the door.
All three concerts will be held at the First Congregational Church, 108 Sound Beach Avenue, Old Greenwich. The Friday and Saturday concerts will be in the auditorium; the Sunday concert will be in the sanctuary. Tickets at ArpeggioFestival.org.