In what is being billed as the "largest gathering of oboists and bassoonists in history," the society's annual conference seems to be going big, in its first year in New York. The always-clutch Orchestra of St. Luke's will be in residence (as will the West Point Band) for a series of concerts. Aug 5 brings Mozart's Bassoon and Oboe Concertos, plus a world premiere by Gene Pritsker. (Richard Strauss and Vaughn Williams also figure in.) The Aug 6 show contains contemporary works by Augusta Read Thomas and Michael Daugherty, as well as some more well-worn items. The West Pointers hold sway during the Aug 7 set. SubCulture hosts three sets of "Electronics and Improv" on the same evening. An Aug 8 gig in Washington Square Park will feature a bassoon concerto by Joan Tower. Festivities conclude on Aug 9 with the Orchestra of St. Luke's.The festivities continue next week; see idrs2014.org for full details.
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