Alcyon Chamber Ensemble’s 5th Anniversary Season came to a strong close this past Sunday, May 22nd at Westford’s Parish Center for the Arts. The concert, “Music of the last Quarter Century” also marked the end of Alcyon’s first season in this historic and acoustically beautiful space. Cellist Patrick McGuire, a third year Juilliard student and Westford native shone as the ensemble’s young guest artist. The world premier of Gustavo Assis-Brasil’s “Three Octets” was both energetically and poignantly performed by the ensemble and received by the audience. The piece was commissioned for the occasion by the Michael J. Weinstein ACE Commissioning Fund.
Violinist Shu-fang Du and pianist Leslie Amper opened the program with an insightful performance of Wolfgang Rihm’s “Antlitz”. Violinist Edward Wu and cellist McGuire joined Amper for Takemitsu’s magical trio, “Between the Tides”. Mr. Assis-Brasil’s new work brought the first half to a close with the additions of violist Dimitar Petkov, bassist Luke Sutherland, clarinetist Diane Heffner and hornist Michael Weinstein. Penderecki’s dramatic “Sextett” brought the afternoon to a close.