Mark Olson, Director of Harvard University Band and Wind Ensemble, has announced his support for multiple performances of Steve Lebetkin’s Symphony For Band and Concerto for Piano and Winds. Maestro Olson’s announcement came in the form of letter support of a large national consortium composer’s commission to the membership of the College Band Directors National Association.
Lebetkin’s two works for the concert band community are a shift in focus for this symphonic composer to address the requests from the concert band community to make a meaningful contribution to the wind repertoire for major serious musical works.
The Symphony For Band is Lebetkin’s first work for this instrumental combination. The Piano Concerto, originally scored for symphony orchestra and premiered in 2018 in South America, is being re-scored for an approximate 24 piece chamber wind ensemble. The wind repertoire needs more works for this combination whose leading work is the Stravinsky Piano Concerto of 1924.
Performances of both works nationwide are being scheduled for calendar 2019.
Recordings of both works can be found on Lebetkin’s YouTube channel.