Shenandoah University Wind Ensemble, Tim Robblee, Director
Sebastian Bäverstam, Cello
The Austrian pianist and composer Friedrich Gulda was noted for his renditions of the classical repertoire, his improvisatory jazz interpretations, and his eccentricities, which included jazz improvisations in the middle of classical pieces and the release of his own obituary so that he could perform at a “resurrection party.” Martha Aldrich and Claudio Abbado are among his many students.
In 1980, he wrote a Concerto for Cello and Wind Orchestra, which has been called “as moving as it is lighthearted,” involving jazz, a minuet, rock, a smidgen of polka, a march, and a cadenza with two spots where the solo cellist must improvise. The Classical Conditioning Blog calls it “a wild ride, equal parts gorgeous, heroic, and hilarious. You have never heard anything quite like it.”
The Shenandoah University Wind Ensemble is one of the premier performing groups within the Shenandoah Conservatory. Under the tutelage of Dr. Tim Robblee, the Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Conducting, it has become known for its wide-ranging repertoire, from classical to contemporary music, by some of the most popular writers and arrangers in America.
Sebastian Bäverstam grew up in Newton, MA, and began cello study at age three. At age six, Sebastian gave his first full recital at Harvard, and performed his first solo concerto at age seven. He has appeared on NPR’s “From the Top” program, and has toured China, Venezuela, and Brazil as a soloist, and performed with national and international orchestras.
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