Hello all. Sometimes I pick up a baton and conduct orchestras - most recently four performances of The Nutcracker for a ballet company. I've been asked to conduct an overture or something to open a concert in Scottsdale this coming September. I've already warned the manager that I will not be doing anything by Beethoven, Mozart, Dvorak, Brahms, etc. He knows my attraction to the obscure and forgotten composers. Some of the things I've considered:
Raff - overture to Die Parole
Klughardt - Concert Overture op 45
and most interestingly...
Draeseke Academic Festival Overture.
All three are online at IMSLP, although it will mean either reconstructing parts or a score. This is not a problem as my Finale skills are good. I have recordings of the first two, but know nothing about the Draeseke, and given the enthusiasm for him on this site, this might be a good choice, especially since the orchestration matches exactly what the maximum forces for the concert will be. Does anyone know anything about this alternative Academic Festival Overture? Has anyone heard it? Is it worth pursuing? Or any other recommendations? The orchestration cannot exceed winds in pairs, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, 1 tuba, 2 percussion, timpani and the usual strings. I'm looking forward to reviving more obscure music in the desert!