Saturday, November 8, 2014



WHEN: Sunday, November 9, 3:00 PM
Dolan Hall, The College of Saint Elizabeth, 2 Convent Road, Morristown
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Brett Deubner, viola   - Robert W. Butts, conductor

  • Paul Hindemith: Trauermusik & Der Schwanendreher
  • Petr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony #4

Maestro Robert W. Butts on WMTR

Listen to Maestro Butts in a live radio interview on WMTR - Radio 1250 AM.   The show is Ask the Expert, hosted by Jessie Frees and will be broadcast live Sunday Morning November 16 at 10:00 AM.

Brett Deubner, one of this generation’s most accomplished violists, has inspired worldwide critical acclaim for his powerful intensity and sumptuous tone. Recent performances include concerto appearances with over 40 orchestras on 4 continents including The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Knoxville Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, the Thuringer Symphoniker in Saalfed, Germany, the Grainger Wind Symphony in Melbourne, the Filharmonic del Quito, String Orchestra of the Rockies, the National Symphony of Ecuador, the State Orchestra of Merida, Venezuela, the New Symphony of Sofia, Bulgaria, the Peninsula Symphony of California and the Kiev Camerata in Ukraine. Brett Deubner is featured in Wikipedia for his viola transcription and recordings of the 2 viola concerti of Frank Lewin.

Paul Hindeimth was one of the most significant composers of the 20th century.  His music explored every possible musical style of the era. Der Schwanendreher—The Swan Tuner—was composed and premiered with the composer as soloist in 1935.  Each movement is based on a medieval German folk song, the final one asking the question "Aren't you the Swan Tuner?"  It's unique orchestration eliminates the violins, providing a strong supportive ensemble that is better able to highlight the rich textures and dark tonw of the instrument.  

The other major work on the program is Petr Tchaikovsky's popular Symphony #4.  Tchaikvosky's music is filled with the passion, energy and sensuality of the Romantic era.  The symphony has remained one of the most beloved orchestral works every written, an immediate success when premiered in 1878.  From the opening brass fanfares through the stirring finale, Tchaikovsky's symphony is truly one of the greatest symphonies ever written.