For the opening concert of 2023, the ECSO will strike up the band—the New London Big Band, that is—revisiting a collaboration that delighted audiences in February of 2020. The 17-piece ensemble, led by trombonist Sean Nelson, will share the Garde Arts Center stage, performing works by American composers including George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein, John Harbison, and John Williams.
From the pen of the Brooklyn-born Gershwin comes the gorgeously wistful The Man I Love, arranged by Tom Myron, who composed Bell Harbor, a special 75th anniversary commission for the ECSO.
A dozen years before West Side Story, Bernstein had a winner on Broadway with On the Town. The combined ensemble will play Three Dance Episodes from that sailors-on-shore-leave show, inspired by the Jerome Robbins ballet Fancy Free.
MIT professor John Harbison’s Remembering Gatsby (Foxtrot for Orchestra) was written in 1985 for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
The 90th birthday of prolific film composer and former Boston Pops conductor John Williams is being widely celebrated this year. His Cantina Band Music from the original Star Wars movie is sure to transport the audience to that seedy spaceport bar on Tatooine.
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New London Big Band