Steel Town: Capriccio, Op. 64
This high-spirited concert opener was written for George Zack’s 25th anniversary as conductor of the Warren Chamber Orchestra. Near Youngstown, Warren, Ohio was at one time a thriving center of steel production, hence the sub-title. The work features some percussion effects involving brake drums, or other similar sounds, to create an industrial aura. The work is not demanding, except for one string sequence and a couple of brazen, obstreperous horn passages.