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FIESTA MEXICANA for Cinco de Mayo

arranged by Robert Wendel
Description: The Mexican Hat Dance, La Cucaracha, and the Ritchie Valens', rock-and-roll version of La Bamba in a medley with a Mariachi feel.
Instumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/0 - Timpani, Trap Drums, 2-3 percussion, and strings
Duration:4:30
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each)..

REGALOS

by Nancy Bloomer Deussen
Description: This work for orchestra is a wonderful montage of "south-of-the-border" dances and moods. Great for any pops concert, but absolutely perfect for "Cinco de Mayo", or a youth/educational concert showing various musical styles.
Instumentation:2[1 d picc]/2[1 d E Hrn]/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timp, 3-4 perc - [opt] Harp, and strings.
Duration:4:50
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each)..

CARIBBEAN SLEIGH RIDE

by Robert Wendel
Description: A sleigh ride of a totally different type, it evokes Latin rhythms, blue skies and turquoise seas where snow is seen only in pictures. This work would be a total surprise on a Latin flavored concert indeed.
Comments: Premiere cycle included: The Orlando Philharmonic, Grand Rapids Symphony, Anderson Symphony, Desert Symphony, New Bedford Symphony, Sarasota Orchestra, Tallahassee Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, Johnstown Symphony, Richardson Symphony, and TV broadcast premiere by The Flint Symphony. NOW a truly International "hit" with 31 performances in Canada, Ireland, and Scotland, as well.
Comments: "Not that there weren't fun surprises among the Christmas fare, too: A percussive bounce permeated "Caribbean Sleigh Ride" by Robert Wendel as island-flavored snippets of carols such as "Jingle Bells" bubbled over the beat." — Matt Palm - The Orlando Sentinel Nov. 27, 2010
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2+ opt B Cl/2 - 4/3/3/1 - 3-4 percussion, harp[opt], piano[opt], and strings
Duration:4 minutes
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each)..
Notes: A CD quality download of this work from the album "Christmas - Old & New" is available at CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon.com.

AN IRISH TRILOGY

arranged by Robert Wendel
Description: A medley of My Wild Irish Rose, Irish Lullaby and When Irish Eyes Are Smiling. Though arranged for orchestra alone, it can easily be sung by any "irish tenor."
Instumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, Trap Drums, 2-3 percussion, harp, and strings
Duration:4:20
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each)..
Notes:Commissioned by the West Virginia Symphony

REEL KOOL

Arr.: David Culross
Description: Be it a Celtic, Scottish, or American Country theme, this medley of "Reel Saint-Joseph" and "Reel Saint-Antoine" for 2 violins and orchestra will have toes tapping and hands clapping. Add Irish or clog dancers too if you wish... just have fun with this one!
Instrumentation:2-2-2-2/4-3-3-1/timp +3 perc and strings with 2 solo violins.
Duration:Approximately 3:05
Rental Fee:$180/+$90/+$45 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each)..

BALLI IL TARANTELLA!

arranged by Robert Wendel
Description: Everybody dance the tarantella! A blend of the "Neapolitan Tarantella" and "Funiculi, Funicula." Also appropriate for a "June Bride" theme since this music shows up at every wedding reception you'll ever attend!
Instumentation:2+picc/2/2+ B Cl/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, 2-3 percussion, and strings
Duration:3:35
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each)..

VIVA PUCCINI!

arranged by Robert Wendel
Description: A medley of some famous melodies from Madamma Butterfly, Girl of the Golden West, Gianni Schicci, La Boheme, and Turandot.
Instumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, 2-3 percussion, harp, and strings
Duration:7:00
Rental Fee:$280/+$140/+$70 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each)..
Notes:Commissioned by the Jacksonville Symphony
Notes:This piece was the hit of our "That's Amore" program. At both concerts, it received a standing ovation! - Karen Peters, Orlando Philharmonic Librarian.

THIS IS CHANUKAH

by Robert Wendel
Description: This new Chanukah song celebrates the lighting of the Menorah each night for 8 nights to remember the miracle of the Macabees. It begins softly with only one candle giving its light, but it gradually builds in volume and intensity as each new candle is lit, making the light grow stronger and stronger. Its flexible scoring allows for smaller ensembles, and its vocal compliment can accommodate a child or adult soloist, or a children's choir along with an SATB chorus, depending on your resources.
Instrumentation:2/1+E Hn/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timp + 2 Perc, Harp, Celesta, and Strings, plus Soloist (or Childrens' Choir) and SATB chorus.
Duration:4:05
Rental Fee:$240/+$120/+$60 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).. Includes 50 chorus books. (Extra books available at $0.25 each.)
Notes:Minimum sounding instrumentation is: 2/2/2/1 - 2 (or 3)/2/0/0 - Glock, Harp or Piano, and Strings plus Soloist and SATB chorus.
Notes:Premiered by The Philly Pops, David Charles Abell conducting, and The University Of Wyoming Symphony and chorus, Dr. Michael T. Griffith conducting. Called "engaging" by The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Notes:Named as a finalist for "The American Prize" 2014 for choral composition.
Notes:VIEW OUR YOUTUBE VIDEO

A KLEZMER NUTCRACKER

by Steve Cohen
Description: A total rethinking of Tschaikovsky's holiday masterpiece, its 3 movements are designed to delight and amuse both Jews and Gentiles, and it's not just for Chanukah!
Instumentation:3(3rd dbl picc)/2+E Hn/2+B Cl)/2 - 4/3/3/1 - timp, 2 perc, trap set, banjo, Fender Bass, Piano, Harp, and strings. (E Hn and B Cl are cross cued and optional. Banjo, Fender Bass, and piano are optional)
Duration:5:45
Rental Fee:$260/+$130/+$65 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each)..
Notes:This work was commissioned by The New York Pops and premiered 12/16/2011, conducted by Steven Reineke.
Notes:"When I heard Cohen's arrangement, I had the same feeling of "right!" The miniatures included Klezmerized versions of "Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy," "Arabian Dance," and "Trepak," and held the audience rapt from the opening notes." -Sherri Rase, "Q onStage" review.
Notes:"by far the most engaging work of the entire program, twisted three movements of Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker" into a nod to the Jewish musical traditions in a sort of "Fiddler on the Roof" meets Santa Claus - minor key slipping in where the major key would naturally fit." -Sherli Leonard, "The Press Enterprise" review.

A KLEZMER NUTCRACKER - CHAMBER VERSION

by Steve Cohen
Description: By popular request, Steve has created a reduced orchestra version of this very popular holiday work that retains all the fun and colors of the original for smaller ensembles.
Instumentation:2(2nd dbl picc)/1/2/1 - 2/2/1/0 - timp, trap set, Piano AD LIB, Harp AD LIB, and strings.
Duration:5:45
Rental Fee:$260/+$130/+$65 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each)..

FANTASIA ON "YEROUSHALAIM SHEL ZAHAV"

by Robert Wendel
Description: A musical fantasia on the Israeli folk song "Jerusalem Of Gold" (used in the film "Schindler's List"). Appropriate any time, including Chanukah.
Instumentation:1/1+EH/1/1 -0/0/0/0, 1 prc, harp, and strings
Duration:5:20
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each)..

MILK & HONEY

by Jerry Herman, arranged and orchestrated by Hershey Kay
Description: Milk & Honey Fanfares, Shalom, Independence Day Hora, Let's Not Waste A Moment, That Was Yesterday, Milk & Honey.
Instumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, Trap Drums, 2-3 percussion, harp, and strings
Duration:4:20
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each)..

A CHANUKAH OVERTURE

by Dana Friedman and Robert Wendel
Description: An overture based on Maoz T'zur, Rock Of My Security (Rock of Ages), Al HaNisim, S'vivon, and I Have A Little Dradle (of course)!
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, Trap Drums, 2-3 percussion, and strings
Comments:"...utterly charming, spreading beauty along with an ecumenical spirit." — The Kansas City Gazette
Duration:5:30
Rental Fee:$240/+$120/+$60 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each)..

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