The Midcoast Symphony Orchestra “World Premiere Trumpet Concerto”
The Midcoast Symphony Orchestra Concert Series II “World Premiere Trumpet Concerto” In the second series of the season the Midcoast Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of conductor Rohan Smith, presents “World Premiere Trumpet Concerto,” a program of works by Strauss, Schumann, and contemporary composer Rich Shemaria. The concert opens with Serenade for 13 Wind Instruments in E Flat, Op. 7 which was written by Richard Strauss when he was only 17. It is in a single movement sonata form (exposition of themes, development of themes, recapitulation of themes). It is melodic and lyrical and demonstrates the rich warm sounds of the orchestral wind instruments. The special feature of this concert will be the premiere performance of “Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra” composed by Rich Shemaria and performed by returning soloist Wayne du Maine. Shemaria recounts, "Inspired by a casual conversation with trumpeter Wayne du Maine (‘Hey Rich, you don’t happen to have a trumpet concerto do you?’), this is my first extended work for the trumpet.” It promises to be a new and exciting experience for all listeners. Rich Shemaria is a resident of New York City where he teaches composition at NYU and holds the position of Composer-in-Residence at NYU Steinhardt Jazz Studies. His jazz and pop music has been performed and recorded by Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder, the Brecker Brothers and numerous other notable jazz artists. With Combo Nuvo, a group formed with Dave Schroeder, director of NYU’s Jazz Studies program, his music has been performed with orchestras around the world. Wayne du Maine is a returning favorite to the MSO having performed the Tomasi Trumpet Concerto with us In January 2011. He has been performing and conducting in the New York City area for over 30 years and has performed and recorded with the New York Philharmonic, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and Orchestra of St. Luke’s. He currently holds the principal chair with the Brooklyn Philharmonic and the American Composers Orchestra. He has played in shows on Broadway and can be heard on Prince’s Newpower Soul recording. The program concludes with Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 1 “Spring” in B flat Major, Op. 38. This symphony opens with a brass fanfare that broadens into a majestic theme. There are gentle moods in the second movement, sprightly dances in the third, and a development of a variety of melodies in the fourth movement. As an added feature a student taiko drum ensemble from the LA area will perform during the intermission in Heritage Hall where refreshments will be available. This concert will be performed in the beautiful Gendron Franco Center, 46 Cedar St., in Lewiston, Saturday, January 12, at 7:00PM. Adult $20 – 18 and under and college students with ID are admitted free. “Short” Season Subscriptions including one bring-a-friend ticket are available for the January, March, and May Series for $60. Our website for more information and to purchase tickets is http://www.midcoastsymphony.org Tickets are available at the door by cash or check only. Tickets by Phone at 207-846-5378 (MSO Box Office) A handling fee applies to online and phone orders. Ticket outlets: - Gulf of Maine Books (Brunswick) - Now You're Cooking (Bath) - Book Review (Falmouth) - The Franco Center (Lewiston) 207-689-2000 This concert also will be performed in the Orion Performing Arts Center, 66 Republic Ave., in Topsham, Sunday, Jan 13, at 2:30PM.