Wang will perform the Oboe Concerto by Richard Strauss and the world premiere of Castillo's
"Rhapsody for Oboe, English Horn, and Orchestra" with Castillo
playing the English horn.
"If you are looking for a form, you won't find it," Castillo
writes in the program notes.
A Rhapsody, he
said in a recent telephone interview, "is a free form, without the constraints of a concerto.
It has great freedom for emotional expression.
This work is entirely free of form, with the idea to suggest a coordinated improvisation."
Castillo, who has composed orchestral works, works for chamber orchestra, and was Composer in Residence for a dance company, became a composer because, he said, "there was not much music for oboe, and most of it was boring.
So, I started writing music myself."
Castillo's original plans to be a soccer player ran amok while he
was still in middle school and the principal of the arts school he
attended reminded him and his
teammates they needed to pick an art form and get with it.
"We went looking for something to do, and we saw someone making sounds come out of what looked a pipe," Castillo
"We discovered there was only one oboe player in the school orchestra and only one oboe student, so that's what we decided to do."
Castillo, unlike his teammates, stayed with the instrument and has excelled, serving as the principal oboist with the Redlands Symphony, California Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Pasadena Pops Orchestra.
"It's not an easy instrument to play," he
said, adding that the Strauss concerto is particularly difficult because the soloist plays throughout the uninterrupted three-movement work and has no time to rest.
own "Rhapsody," he
says, "You will find some Latin rhythms, simple harmonies, virtuosic and demanding sustained lyrical passages, silly moments - all in all, 15 minutes of fun."