Who We Are
Oboe, Oboe d’amore, English horn
Don Werdick is a professional Oboe, Oboe d’amore & English horn artist. Owns and operates the international double reed cane processing business Supérieure Cane Processing™, www.oboemn.com, since 1960; is an music copyist/engraver and arranger, editor, publisher (Chamber Ensemble of Minnesota, Inc. Publishing); member of the American Federation of Musicians and the Duluth Musicians’ Association-Board/Executive Committee Local 18, International Double Reed Society, Associated Chamber Music Players, MusicaNeo and IMSLP. He studied with Rhadames Angelucci, Principal Oboe, Minnesota Orchestra; Ita Loe-Vellek, Chicago Symphony; Ruben Haugen, MacPhail Center for Music; and is a graduate of the University of Minnesota. Symphony and chamber orchestra performances include the St. Croix Valley Symphony Orchestra, North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra, Mesabi Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Ensemble of Minnesota, Woodland Chamber Ensemble, Northern Lights Festival Orchestra, Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra-Youth Orchestra guest performer, Mesabi Musical Theatre Orchestra, Minnesota Opera-community residency initiative guest performer, and music ministry-liturgical music oboe accompanist & arranger. Prior to moving to northeastern Minnesota & southwestern Wisconsin, past performances in the Twin Cities included the Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra, Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Wind Ensemble, University of Minnesota Orchestra, and Augsburg University Orchestra. Having had a dual career, he is also a retired financial institution Director & CEO, former FDIC/RTC Assistant Director, First Federal Minneapolis management and past U.S. Army Reserve Band Director & commissioned officer. Both business and home are located on several wooded acres in northern Minnesota and on wooded acres overlooking the St. Croix River in southwestern Wisconsin.
Swan Lake Ballet Suite - Peter Tschaikowsky (1840-1893)
Octet in F Major - Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
William Tell Overture - Gioacchino Rossini (1792-1868)
The English horn sample performed is from the second movement of this selection.
This is the last opera Rossini composed at age 36, although he lived to be seventy-six. Up until that time he had written thirty-seven operas, during his remaining years he continued to compose orchestral and some vocal music. This opera premiered in 1829, the composition has been called “a complete symphonic poem in miniature”. The Overture to the William Tell Operain its first section is reflective of a sunrise and mountains depicted by cellos and basses. The second section of this overture depicts a gathering fury of an Alpine storm, and, as it subsides, an Andante comes through with the shepherds’ thanksgiving – the 41 measure the beautiful English horn solo. Eventually, the trumpet announces the approach of Swiss soldiers with the full orchestra finishing with a bright and rapid pace to the end of the overture.
The William Tell Opera is founded on the well-known story of Tell and his endeavors to relieve his countrymen, the Swiss, from Austrian domination. “Tell” was written for the Grand Opera in Paris, where it was first produced in August 1829.
Concerto in A Major - Johann Bach (1685-1750)
Because of Bach’s busy performing schedule in Leipzig in the 1730’s, he was often rushed and on occasion transcribed some of his violin, oboe, and oboe d’amore concerti into harpsichord concerti. The Concerto in A for harpsichord is based on the original composition started as a concerto for oboe d’amore. Though the manuscript of the harpsichord concerti arrangements survived, the original sources for this did not. Much research took place in later years to reconstruct it to the Concerto in A major for Oboe d’amore, Strings and Baso continuo version.