Cochran Wrenn Duo to Perform on Yacyshyn Concert Series

Yacyshyn Concert Series

The Friends of the Marlborough Public Library present the Cochran Wrenn Duo

Bonnie Cochran, flute & Bryan Wrenn, guitar

7:00 PM – Wednesday, March 14, 2017

Marlborough Public Library
Bigelow Auditorium
22 Witherbee Street
Marlborough, MA

Program:
Haydn: London Trio in C Major
Leisner: El Coco
Bach: Sonata in E minor, BWV 1034
Piazzolla: Histoire du Tango

Free Admission

This concert is performed in conjunction with  InConcert, our 2017-18 residency with the Marlborough Public Schools Music Program

Progress Report

Over the last several months, we have been busy fundraising for InConcert, as well as planning the upcoming community concerts and in-school sessions. Composer Cody Forrest has also been compiling the student input we gathered last Spring, and he’s been writing the piece that we’ll be performing with the Marlborough High School Wind Ensemble on April 26, 2018.

Cody finished a first draft of the composition shortly before Christmas. The MHS Wind Ensemble has already started rehearsals, and Bryan and Bonnie have both been learning their parts individually. In the coming weeks, Cody will present us with a second version (and perhaps final) version of the piece. Bonnie, Bryan and Cody will be visiting the MHS Wind Ensemble to start delving into the piece. We’ll be learning about the composition process and examining how the students’ input influenced the final composition. We’ll also be learning how to create an interpretation of a brand new piece of music.

Performance at Boston Conservatory, Part 2


Cafe 1930 from Piazzolla’s Histoire du Tango

As a winner of the Boston Conservatory Alumni Entrepreneurial Grant, the Cochran Wrenn Duo performed in Seully Hall at Boston Conservatory on October 15, 2016 for a program entitled, Celebrating the Past, Shaping the Future.

Performance at Boston Conservatory, Part 1


Bordel-1900 from Piazzolla’s Histoire du Tango

As a winner of the Boston Conservatory Alumni Entrepreneurial Grant, the Cochran Wrenn Duo performed in Seully Hall at Boston Conservatory on October 15, 2016 for a program entitled, Celebrating the Past, Shaping the Future.

Checking in with Cody Forrest – Part 4

Part 4 of our series. See what Cody has been doing over the past few months.

What have you done on the piece so far?
Cody:
A lot of my work on this piece so far has been mental preparation—I frequently spend weeks to months thinking through a piece before I beginning writing anything down. This initial prep includes considering my priorities for the piece, thinking through several possibilities for the form of the work, deciding role of the soloists, what the character of the piece will be, what story will it tell (if any), what specific techniques I want to incorporate (fugue, passacaglia, variations, etc.), how to balance the educational aspects of the piece with my own artistic voice, etc. Also, I have to decide how I will use the students’ melodic and rhythmic contributions. I’m challenging myself to incorporate as much of their material as possible into the piece. I really want the students to feel like this is their piece, as much as it is the Cochran-Wrenn Duo’s piece, as much as it is my piece.