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Boston Conservatory Releases First Commercial Recording

(BOSTON – May 11, 2010) The Boston Conservatory proudly announces the school’s first commercial recording release. Under the leadership and tutelage of The Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble Conductor Eric Hewitt, The Boston Conservatory is releasing a live recording of the Wind Ensemble’s November 21, 2008 concert–—featuring five new works commissioned and created especially for the Conservatory–—as well as an April 2009 live recording of a sixth new work by faculty composer, Marti Epstein. This sixth work, “Bloom,” was written specifically for The Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble and for faculty member Robert Sheena, principal English horn player for the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Released through Gunther Schuller’s GM Recordings, the album, Deviation, is now available for purchase on iTunes (http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/deviation/id368040552 ) and will be available on Amazon.com and in retail stores later this summer.

“The album’s title, Deviation, refers to our collective departure from traditional sounds and styles of American wind ensemble music” says Hewitt. “Our students have achieved a level of performance which enables them to work in the more abstract, complex and demanding musical languages of the 21st century. Within these performances the listener will discover micro-intervals, electronic sounds mixed freely with acoustic instrumental sounds, as well as extremes of dynamic, rhythm, sonic range, form, and abstract emotional expression. There’s something here for the classical music lovers, as well as fans of hard rock and electronica.”

Deviation includes six new works by composers Hewitt selected for this project and features solos by Boston Conservatory students and faculty:

1. Ryan Streber—Distortions (2008)
Angela Limoncelli, distorted Oboe

2. Peter Gilbert—The Ringing of Golden Balconies (2008)
Concertino soloists: Stuart Terrett, Luise Heyerhoff, Jason Huffman, Adam Mills, Trumpets; Allison Tutton, Horn; Christopher Reade, Trombone ; Caroline Cole, Bass Trombone; Christian Riesebieter, Euphonium

3. Marti Epstein*—Bloom (2009)
Concerto for English Horn and Wind Ensemble
Robert Sheena*, English Horn

4. Ken Ueno*—Like Dusted Sparks (2008)
Concerto for Timpani and Wind Ensemble
Samuel Z. Solomon*, Timpani

5. Craig Pellet—Static Regression (2008) – Winner of the 2008-2009 Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble Composition Competition

6. Christopher Jon Honett—Fires (2008)
Ethan Pani, Bass Drum
Brad Webb, Snare Drum

* denotes current and former Boston Conservatory faculty

Eric Hewitt
Saxophonist, conductor, composer/arranger and educator Eric Hewitt enjoys an active and diverse musical career throughout the world. Based in Boston, MA, he serves primarily as chair of The Boston Conservatory Woodwind Department, and is the music director and conductor of The Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble. He also serves as music director and conductor of White Rabbit avant-garde ensemble-in-residence at Harvard University, and the Charles River Wind Ensemble in Watertown, MA. He is a founding member of the Yesaroun’ Duo (with percussionist Samuel Z Solomon), the Radnofsky Saxophone Quartet, and has performed as soloist or guest artist with the Boston POPS, The New World Symphony, The Ryles Jazz Orchestra, The FROMM Players at Harvard and The Tanglewood Music Center. He can also be heard with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) on several BMOP Sound recordings, as well as on the Albany, Troy, Vee Records, and Innova labels. Yesaroun’ Duo’s most recent recording project, HeavyUp/HeavyDown, is available on GM recordings, and can be found on iTunes. Yesaroun’ Duo’s self titled ablum, Yesaroun’ Duo, is also available on iTunes. Hewitt has also presented performances in Italy, Ireland, France, Belgium, Germany, the UK, Japan, Canada, Venezuela, and Cuba.

Passionate, experienced, and active in all musical styles, Hewitt is known as a champion of the music of our time. Working as a conductor, soloist, and chamber musician he has presented more than 50 world premieres by dozens of composers from around the world. He is committed to challenging established musical aesthetics and regularly stimulates musicians and audiences alike by programming cutting edge music in the context of our inherited musical tradition. Deeply interested in the expression of human existence, he focuses his performances on the communication of the shared human experience embodied in music.
Hewitt holds two degrees from the New England Conservatory (NEC): a BM in 2001 in saxophone performance with Kenneth Radnofsky and an MM in 2003 in conducting with Charles Peltz, both with a distinction in performance and academic honors. After a four year, live-in apprenticeship under Gunther Schuller, he and his family now reside in Medford, MA.

About The Boston Conservatory
The Boston Conservatory trains exceptional young performing artists for careers that enrich and transform the human experience. Known for its intimate and supportive multidisciplinary environment, the Conservatory offers fully accredited graduate and undergraduate programs in music, dance and theater and presents more than 250 performances each year by students, faculty and guest artists. Since its founding in 1867, The Boston Conservatory has shared its talent and creativity with the city of Boston, the region and the nation, and continues to grow today as a vibrant community of artists and educators. www.bostonconservatory.edu.

Contact:
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