In the Forests of the Night an Overture for Chamber Orchestra

2009 | Commissioned by the Boston Classical Orchestra | 8 minutes 30 seconds
(2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, timpani, and strings)

An arching string of nocturnes, foreboding to frightening to gently mysterious: rustling strings, keening fragments of melody. Harmonies are tonal, but used more as a coloristic resource than a structural scaffold…Lipsitt and the orchestra gave the piece a rich debut.
— Matthew Guerrieri, The Boston Globe


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Program Note

Select Performances

  • Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston

    In the Forests of the Night
    David Angus, conductor
    First Baptist Church
    Newton, MA
    April 8, 2017

  • Wellesley Symphony Orchestra

    Max Hobart, conductor
    MassBay Community College
    Wellesley, MA
    May 13, 2012

  • Waltham Philharmonic Orchestra

    Michael Korn, conductor
    Kennedy Middle School
    Waltham, MA
    March 24, 2012

  • Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra

    Robin Fountain, director
    Mendel Center Mainstage
    Benton Harbor, MI
    April 19, 2011

  • Rivers School Symphony Orchestra

    David Tierney, conductor
    Christ Church
    Needham, MA
    November 14, 2010

  • Hockomock Chamber Orchestra

    Michael Korn, conductor
    First Congregational Church
    Sharon, MA
    May 4, 2010

  • Rivers School Conservatory 32nd Seminar on Contemporary Music

    Rivers School Conservatory Upper School Orchestra
    Dan Shaud, conductor
    Bradley Hall
    April 10, 2010

  • The Boston Classical Orchestra (Premiere)

    Steven Lipsitt, conductor
    Faneuil Hall, Boston
    October 24 and 25, 2009