Handel’s Messiah

MessiahIt wouldn’t be Christmas in Metro-Detroit without the annual performance of Handel’s Messiah at First Presbyterian Church, in Northville.

Performing the Messiah and Nutcracker every year marks the start of the holiday performance season for me… something I truly enjoy!

Come on out and hear some great festive music performed live to get yourself in the spirit of the season!!

More information about this performance is available here.

SBSO Season Opener

My second season as Principal Trumpet with the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra begins with an exciting program. From the orchestra’s website:

Red Cape Tango, Michael Daugherty
Totentanz, Franz Liszt
Symphonie fantastique, Hector Berlioz
The fantastic dreams of a lovesick artist. A fantastic fight between evil and the quintessential American superhero. A fantastic vision of the afterlife, animated by one of today’s most exciting pianists, Jason Hardink. Spanning 180 years, all three fantasies have common themes – including the very fine line between what we find frightening and what we find seductive. Red Cape Tango is the final movement from Metropolis Symphony by Daugherty, professor of composition at the University of Michigan.

We’ll be doing the cornet solo, Un Bal, in the second movement of the Berlioz, which I’ll be performing on my vintage cornet from the Boston Musical Instrument Manufactory, built in 1899!

FSO Season Opener

Fall is finally upon us, and that means orchestras around the world are gearing up for a new season. The Flint Symphony (my home orchestra) opens it’s 2011-2012 season on September 24th at 8:30pm. Here’s a blurb from the orchestra’s web site:

Wagner, Flying Dutchman Overture
Barber, Violin Concerto
Ravel, Alborada del gracioso
Ravel, Rapsodie Espagnole
Ravel, Pavane for a Dead Princess
Ravel, Bolero
Enrique Diemecke, conductor • Elmar Oliveira, violin

Continental borders have never defined classical music, nor the imaginations of classical composers. Unbound by the political enclosures of man, every symphonist has plucked, extracted and expanded upon the global culture of music to appease the fervor for their craft. On this season opener, the FSO brings a tragic German fable to life with The Flying Dutchman overture. Then, in contrast, American composer Barber’s flowing, beautiful melodies emanate from the strings of a fine violinist. Spanish melodies and rhythms from a well-loved French composer round out the evening of travels.

With this program coming up, I’ve been practicing my triple tonguing like crazy!