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Curt Cacioppo's music performed at the Carmel Bach Festival

Between July 14th & 28th Curt Cacioppo was composer in residence at the Carmel Bach Festival in California.  His work Midsummer Air, commissioned by the festival, was performed three times, with subsequent broadcasts on Central Coast NPR station KUSP-FM 88.9.  In addition to a series of pre-concert discussions and lecture performances recorded by cable station AMP2, he presented his music to students of the Youth Orchestra of Salinas El Sistema nucleo program, and performed with YOSAL faculty members.  The Monterey Herald described his new piece as “tender, sweeping and jazz-infused,” while the Peninsula Reviews critic wrote:  “Cacioppo’s work was also a true delight—borrowing the famous opening bass line from Bach’s Air and becoming a rich tapestry of jazzy rhythmic complexity and harmonic beauty. I look forward to hearing more from Mr. Cacioppo.”  Music director Paul Goodwin, who led the concerts on which Cacioppo’s piece was introduced, had issued a very specific request, that in this work, the composer create a movement to substitute for Bach’s famous Air on the G String within the context of the full Orchestral Suite No. 3.  Goodwin had sought out Cacioppo for this project based on his acquaintance with an earlier work, the Concerto for Oboe and String Chamber Orchestra with Harpsichord, which celebrated another Baroque composer, Antonio Vivaldi.  To hear some of that work, click here and scroll down to the 8th CD and click the forward arrow:

Carmel Bach Festival

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