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 and premiered by that orchestra on October 7, 1990. Near Youngstown, Warren, Ohio was at one time a thriving center of steel production, hence the 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.
Scoring: 2, 2, 2, 2 - 2, 2, 0, 0, perc., str.