Seating for the free event begins at 2:30 p.m. Refreshments and an opportunity to meet the performers will follow the program.
This is the first concert of this season's "Music on a Sunday Afternoon" series. The Englewinds will perform “Bees, Please,” with Rimsky Korsakoff’s “Flight of the Bumblebee,” Chopin’s “The Bees” (with jazz arrangement by the ensemble’s pianist, Tomoko Ohno) a new composition by Davol, Etude in D minor, “The Bee,” and Englewinds’ newest commission, a world premiere by Pamela Sklar, “Waggle Dance.”
The commission of Sklar’s composition is sponsored by the Teaneck Creek Conservancy. Other bee-related music is by Sunbin Kim, John McMurtery, Elise Carter, Guillaume Balay, Scott Joplin and Englewinds 2015 Young Composer, Christian Humcke.
When director Sarah Davol formed Englewinds, the award-winning eco-music ensemble, she assembled some of New York’s top freelancers, and got to work commissioning composers to assist in the group’s environmental mission.
Every season or so, Englewinds focuses on an issue (mostly in the Garden State) such as overbuilding of wetlands, noise pollution, the need for clean drinking water worldwide, turtle habitat, and this season, the disappearance of honeybees.
Englewinds has received commendation from the state Legislature, the Bergen County Freeholders and the Township of Teaneck for its eco-music programs that have promoted environmental change in the state.
Since 1998, the ensemble has performed more than 100 new works by living composers. Among these works are pieces to protest noise pollution and overbuilding in New Jersey’s wetlands, to heighten awareness of Lenape Native American history, to call attention to the diminishing habitats of bees, Monarch butterflies, turtles and other animals, to emphasize the need for clean drinking water worldwide, to encourage the planting of trees and to introduce the sounds and animals of the forest and wetlands to young audiences through music.
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