Salem Classical proudly presents:

Some Assembly Required

performing its program “Theme & Variations

at Old Town Hall, Friday April 21 at 7:30pm at Old Town Hall in Salem, MA

Tickets $10 on Eventbrite or at the door the day of the event.

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Some Assembly Required is excited to invite seven of Boston’s best wind players to help us play “Theme and Variations,” a program featuring Oliver Caplan’s Krummholz Variations, Stravinsky’s Octet for Wind Instruments, and Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet.

Some Assembly Required is a collaborative effort between east coast artists to provide our audiences with unique musical experiences. At its core, we are trombonist Justin Croushore, hornist Justin Stanley, and pianist Cholong Park. Not accepting the limitations placed on us by the small amount of repertoire available to their instrumentation, Some Assembly Required starts by choosing music that they want to present and then finding a way to present the music meaningfully through arrangement and collaboration with others.

Oliver Caplan’s Krummholz Variations was commissioned in part by SAR. We also featured Oliver’s music back in October on our “Metal, Voice and Strings” program.  From Caplan: “‘Krummholz,'” German for ‘crokked wood,’ are twisted trees that serve as gateways to the alpine zone… High altitude landscapes are a paradigm for beauty in the face of harshness.” We’re delighted to be presenting this piece on Earth Day weekend!

Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet will be performed in a nontraditional manner*.  Instead of violin, viola, cello, and double bass with piano, we’ll be performing “Trout” with flute, clarinet, horn, bassoon and piano. Fitting into our concept of theme and variations, the variation movement of this quintet quotes a melody from Schubert’s Lied “Die Forelle” (The Trout). Stravinsky’s aesthetically beautiful Octet for Wind Instruments is not programmatic, but what Stravinsky protégé Eric Walter White calls a “rediscovery of sonata form.”

“Theme and Variations”

Oliver Caplan: Krummholz Variations (new work, SAR commission)

Stravinsky: Octet for Wind Instruments

Schubert:  Piano Quintet in A Major, “Trout”*


Nicholas Southwick, flute

Wolcott Humphrey, clarinet

Andrea Baker and Lauren Landry, bassoon

Jason Huffman and Phillip Sullivan, trumpet

Jesse Metzler, trombone

Justin Croushore, bass trombone**

Justin Stanley, horn**

Cholong Park, piano**

**core ensemble members