Daniel Bernard Roumain Creates New Sounds in wcfsymphony Encore

Oct 6, 2015

The wcfsymphony’s “Rediscover” encore concert features composer and violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain. He performs his very own Woodbox Violin Concerto, an eclectic piece combining a wide array of styles, as well as presents a world premiere of his Young Person’s GPS for Our Orchestra: Themes and Variations on Haitian Folk Songs. A modern twist on Benjamin Britten’s famous Guide, the piece explores the colors of the orchestra using two Haitian folk songs for its themes. 

The wcfsymphony's 2015 composer-in-residence, Daniel Bernard Roumain.
Credit Christine Turner

The concert opens with a pairing of Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Manwith Joan Tower’sFor the Uncommon Woman. The wcfsymphony honors the memory of several patrons and friends with a performance of Barber’s gorgeous Adagio for Strings, and closes the concert with Ives’s Variations on ‘America’as orchestrated by William Schuman. Tune in to Iowa Public Radio Classical on Monday, October 12 at 7:00 p.m. for this Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast.


Jason Weinberger, conductor

Daniel Bernard Roumain, violin and composer

COPLAND                                                           Fanfare for the Common Man

TOWER                                                 For the Uncommon Woman

ROUMAIN                                            Woodbox Violin Concerto

BARBER                                               Adagio for Strings

ROUMAIN                                            A Young Person’s GPS for Our Orchestra: Themes and Variations on Haitian Folk Songs

IVES                                                      Variations on ‘America’ (orchestrated by William Schuman)

(Concert recorded April 11, 2015)