Mon 4/22, 7:00a The Hochstein Alumni Orchestra performs excerpts from Debussy's Petite Suite
Evan Meccarello founded the Hochstein Alumni Orchestra (HAO) in 2010, reuniting musicians who received training at the Hochstein School of Music and Dance. Since its debut, the HAO has played summer concerts in Canandaigua and Perinton, adding an annual winter concert in the Hochstein Performance hall in 2011.
In adition to the HAO, Mr. Meccarello currently conducts the Thames Valley Youth in New London, Connecticut, the Nazareth College Chamber Orchestra, and the Nazareth College Symphony Orchestra. He completed his Masters' degree in orchestral conducting at Bowling Green State University.
When not on stage with a baton, you can find Mr. Meccarello hosting Soundspace Tuesday afternoons on WAYO, 104.3 FM.
Debussy was just back from a glorious stay in Italy when he sat down and wrote his Petite Suite for piano four hands. A year later, he and Paul Dukas performed it, to the delight of the student audience of the Paris Conservatory. Student Henri Busser was so inspired that he orchestrated it, a move hailed by Debussy as "ingenious." Here are three movements from what has become one of Debussy's most beloved - and performed - pieces.
Listen to the Menuet from the Petite Suite.