In 2005, the Cornell Wind Ensemble commissioned Costa Rican composer, Eddie Mora Bermudez to compose a three-movement work for saxophone quartet and wind ensemble. In 2007, we commissioned the same composer to write a concerto for violin and chamber winds. Both works fuse elements of traditional Costa Rican rhythms and timbres with western instrumentation and form, and succeed in ways different from what was originally imagined. The experience of working with Eddie Mora Bermudez and Costa Rican musicians broadened our musical experiences and exceeded our expectations. The two commissioning projects were part of a larger (and on-going) Costa Rica Project. In 2006 and 2008, the Cornell Wind Ensemble traveled to Costa Rica to perform, provide master classes for young Costa Rican musicians, and donate instruments. The Wind Ensemble has donated over 150 instruments to music schools around the country and plans for Costa Rica Project 2010 are underway. This paper will explore how and why the Costa Rica commissions came about, what the educational and performance outcomes were, the musical and social value of exploring music, performance, and service from a more global perspective, and possible designs for commissioning and touring projects in the future.
|Keywords:||Music, Social and Personal Transformation, Global Perspective, Service, Outreach, Engagement|
Director of Wind Ensembles, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Assistant Professor of Music, Music, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA
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