We’ve just returned from a whirlwind tour of the Canadian Rockies with the Michigan State University Alumni Band.While I’m not technically an alum just yet, I’m close enough and they asked Lynne and I to come along as principal trumpet and oboe with the group.
Early in the trip, which included Calgary, Lake Louise, Banff, Kamloops and Vancouver, we performed at the Chateau Lake Louise Hotel (where we also stayed the night).
Of course, we were all just a bit distracted by the view in the other direction as we played:
Lynne and I had a wonderful time on the trip and especially enjoyed meeting and getting to know so many great people in the band! I’ll put a selection of photos from the trip online as soon as I can, but I’m currently working on several projects which are taking up a lot of my time, so it may be a month or so before I get it done.
Once again, I’ll be performing with the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra. From the MOT website:
by Charles Gounod
June 2-9, 2007
Gounod’s penchant for voluptuous harmonies suited the legend of Romeo & Juliet. From the balcony scene to the crypt, the lovers entwine themselves in a string of star-cross’d duets.
For the first time in several years I’ll be performing with the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra. From their website:
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
May 12-19, 2007
The Abduction from the Seraglio is Mozart’s spiel on finding redemption in a Turkish harem. Lighthearted antics are bound up with some of the composer’s most dazzling arias. A Michigan Opera Theatre premiere.
For my final performance with the group we’ll be reprising our program from the concert at the Players’ Playhouse in Detroit, this time at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in East Lansing. Added to the program for this concert will be the world premiere performance of a new work for brass quintet by composer Roger Petersen.
Here’s a brief excerpt from the Fine Arts Society website: “The April 12th Chamber Music at The Playhouse concert was another smashing success, filling The Players Founders Room with beautiful people and with even more beautiful music! Mark Flegg and David Turrill (Trumpet), Michael Rieg (Horn), Simeon Stoyanov (Trombone) and Clinton McCanless (Tuba) are all to be thanked and congratulated! From their opening with Canona Bergamasca to their closing with That’s a Plenty, The MSU Graduate Brass Quintet’s music was fascinating and entertaining to all.”
Lucas Meachem, baritone, William C. Byrd Young Artist Competition Winner
Julia Broxholm, soprano
Wendy Bloom, alto
Robert Bracey, tenor
Flint Festival Chorus, Bradley Bloom, director
Sponsored by Citizens Bank
Guest Artist Sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Fredrick W. VanDuyne