Oboists and bassoonists from all over the world will converge at New York University for five historic days of workshops, lectures, recitals and evening gala concerts as part of the 43rd Annual International Double Reed Society (IDRS) Conference, to be held August 5-9, 2014.


The annual conference, sponsored by the department of music and performing Arts Professions at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, is the largest double reed event of the year and typically attracts 1000 or more double reed luminaries from across the globe. This is the first year the IDRS Conference will be held in New York City.

“The IDRS annual conference is the most important musical event of the year for oboists, bassoonists and double reed enthusiasts, and we’re thrilled with the response we’ve been receiving so far,” said Matthew Sullivan, Director of Double Reed Studies at NYU Steinhardt and principal organizer of IDRS 2014. “We’re expecting record attendance by people within the double reed community, but we also hope New Yorkers will take advantage of this great opportunity to enjoy performances and panels with some of the most talented and exciting oboists and bassoonists the world has to offer.”

As part of the programming, the world-renowned Orchestra of St. Luke’s and West Point Band will be “In Residence”, presenting evening concerts featuring an extraordinary variety of double reed concerti performed by many of the world’s great oboists, English hornists, bassoonists and contra-bassoonist.

On Friday, August 8, A Night Out In the Big Apple will include a Sunset Concert in Washington Square presented by the Washington Square Music Festival, Jazz at SubCultureNY featuring NYU’s Faculty Jazz ensemble, Combo Nuvo and Paul McCandless, and Joe’s Pub with the extraordinary four-women bassoon quartet, Breaking Wind and oboe trio, Threeds. On Saturday, August 9, a new concerto for oboe and orchestra by composer Laura Kaminsky, written expressly for IDRS 2014 with funds provided by Buffet Crampon US, will be premiered at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts with the Orchestra of St Luke’s and with soloist, John Snow, principal oboist with the Minnesota Orchestra.

Selected events at IDRS that are open to the public include the following:

Orchestra of St. Luke's
Gordon Hunt and MIlan Turkovic, conductors
Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 8 p.m.
Skirball Center, 566 LaGuardia Pl, NYC
Judith LeClair, bassoon - Mozart Bassoon Concerto
Julien Hardy, French basson - Francaix Bassoon Concerto
Gordon Hunt, oboe - Mozart Oboe Concerto
Martin Kuuskmann, bassoon - Gene Pritsker Concerto - World Premiere
Richard Woodhams, oboe - Strauss Oboe Concerto
Nathan Hughes, oboe - Vaughn Williams Oboe Concerto

Chamber Music
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Skirball Center, 566 LaGuardia Pl, NYC
New York Philharmonic Bassoon Section (Judith LeClair, Kim Laskowski, Roger Nye, Arlen Fast)
Jaime Gonzalez and Pietro Corna, oboes (with Frank Morelli, bassoon) - Trio Sonata Op. 1 for 2 oboes and Basso continuo by Tommaso Albinoni
Peter Cooper (oboe), Yoshi Ishikawa (bassoon), and Bill Douglas - Trio #2 (mvmts 1-3) by Bill Douglas
Jonathan Small, oboe - Extase II for oboe and instrumental ensemble by Chen Qigang
William Short, bassoon - Quartet in G Minor, Op. 73, No. 3 for bassoon and strings by François Devienne
Christoph Hartmann (oboe), Ricardo Morales (clarinet), and Martin Kuuskmann (bassoon) - Divertissement for Trio d´anches by Jean Françaix
Michael Harley, bassoon - Bassoon Concertino by Augusta Reade Thomas (American premiere)
Johanna Cox, oboe - Firecracker by Michael Daugherty
Carolyn Beck, bassoon - Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra II. Romanza and Scherzino by Christopher James

West Point Band
Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 8 p.m.
Skirball Center, 566 LaGuardia Pl, NYC
Liang Wang, oboe - Variations of a Theme by Glinka by Rimsky-Korsakov
Joel Evans, oboe - Hudson River Rhapsody by James Kessler
Pedro Diaz, English horn - Donizetti Concertino (arranged for wind ensemble by Douglas Richard)
Saxton Rose, bassoon - The Avatar, Concerto for Bassoon and Chamber Winds by Dana Wilson
The Breaking Winds, bassoon quartet - Breaking Out Concerto by Scott Switzer
Paul Hanson and Richard Ramey, bassoons - Concerto for Two Bassoons and Wind Band by Daniel Baldwin (World Premiere)

"Sunset in the Park" - Festival String Orchestra
Friday, August 8, 2014 at 8 p.m.
Washington Square Park, NYC
Peter Kolkay, bassoon - Red Maple (Bassoon Concerto) by Joan Tower
Nancy Ambrose King, oboe - Grunge Concerto by Scott McAllister
Kim Walker, bassoon - Trilogy for bassoon, electric bass guitar, strings, and percussion by David Baker
Marc Fink, oboe - Vivaldi Oboe Concerto in C Major
Matthias Racz, bassoon - Jolivet Bassoon Concerto
Keve Wilson, oboe - Darin Lewis Oboe Concerto (American premiere)
Giorgio Mandolesi, bassoon - Roztančené Concertino
Stefano Canuti, bassoon - Nafsha for bassoon and percussion by Arnaldo de Felice (American premiere)

Orchestra of St. Luke's
Gordon Hunt and Milan Turkovic, conductors
Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.
Skirball Center, 566 LaGuardia Pl, NYC
John Snow, oboe - Laura Kaminsky Oboe Concerto - World Premiere
Pascal Gallois, bassoon - Hersant Eight Pieces
Elizabeth Siffert, oboe - Lukas Foss Oboe Concerto
Gillet-Fox Winner - Hummel Bassoon Concerto
Carolyn Hove, English horn - Sallinen English Horn Concerto
Frank Morelli, bassoon - Weber Bassoon Concerto

In addition to performances, the IDRS 2014 also hosts a selection of workshops ranging from Yoga For the Arts and Oboe and Bassoon Reed Making to Interactive Technology and Wellness. Daily lectures and recitals by luminaries of the international double reed community include Bert Lucarelli, the renown recitalist/recording artist and NYU Faculty, Sherry Silar of the NY Philharmonic, Pedro Diaz of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Juilliard Baroque, ContraBand, and the entire bassoon section from the NY Philharmonic. Also in attendance will be legendary instrument makers and wide variety of vendors offering a full compliment of double reed related products, from reed-making tools to publications of both standard and rare repertoire. For admission fee schedules and information go to www.idrs2014.org/registration

All events will take place on and around the NYU campus. For a full list of events and locations, visit www.idrs2014.org.

About NYU Steinhardt Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions:

NYU Steinhardt’s Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions was established in 1925. Today, 1,600 students majoring in renowned music and performing arts programs are guided by 400 faculty. The department’s degree programs—baccalaureate through doctorate—share the School’s spirit of openness and innovation that encourages the pursuit of high artistic and academic goals. Music and Performing Arts Professions serves as NYU’s “school” of music and is a major research and practice center in music technology, music business, music composition, film scoring, songwriting, music performance practices, performing arts therapies, and the performing arts-in-education (music, dance, and drama).


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