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Brian G. McKee, D.M.A.

Bassoonist | Teacher | Academic Counselor | Ensemble Performer | Recitals | Reed Making | Freelance Music Consulting



Music for the End of Time

Posted by Brian G. McKee on 27 September, 2012 at 1:45

On Friday, September 21st, I played my first concert as a graduate student at Arizona State University. The concert, titled Music for the End of Time featured a variety of compositions centered around the theme of 2012 and the Mayan Calendar legend- a very interesting theme for a concert that took place at the beautiful Gammage Auditorium in Tempe, AZ. Music included selections from Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time for clarinet, violin, cello, and piano, Mahler's Ruckert Lieder, a wind ensemble arrangement of Shostakovich's Prelude, op. 34, a world premier wind ensemble piece called The End of the World by Michael Schelle, excerpts, from Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde, and concluded with Silvestre Revueltas' Noche de los Mayas. It was a wonderful concert with seemless, creative staging, lighting, and transitions between pieces. I was overall impressed with the programming and look forward to many more concerts here at ASU. The ASU symphony is now preparing for a concert on October 11th with Maestro Carl St. Clair, featuring Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 and Rimsky-Korsakov's Capriccio Espagnol. 

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