Chamber Players Sound the Trumpet to Herald Spring

Wayne duMaine, trumpet

Wayne duMaine, trumpet

The Chamber Players of the Greenwich Symphony are celebrating the arrival of spring by inviting guest artist, Wayne DuMaine to “Sound the Trumpet” in concerts on April 10-11.

Mr. DuMaine is an active participant in the New York musical world. He currently performs with the Metropolitan Orchestra, the Brooklyn and Long Island Philharmonics, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York big Brass, the Music Society of Lincoln Center and is a member of the Manhattan and Brooklyn Philharmonic Brass Quintets. He also performs with contemporary music ensembles, and has played many of the most popular Broadway shows.

He is on the faculty of Columbia and Princeton Universities, and the Julliard School of Music.

Mr DuMaine will open the program with the Concerto in D major for Trumpet, Strings and Continuo by Johann Friedrich Fasch, a composer much admired by Bach. The work has been a standard of the trumpet repertoire for decades.

For a surprise change of pace and place, fast forward to the twentieth century to New York’s Broadway and George Gershwin.

Wayne has arranged two of the twentieth century’s most memorable songs – Gershwin’s Summertime, and Someone to Watch Over Me – for trumpet and piano.

Next we will hear a humorous piece – La Revue de Cuisine – by Czech composer Bohuslav Martinů. He wrote it in 1927 as part of a ballet score. The plot includes a Pot and a Lid as a couple “ meant for each other,“ but who must resist several temptations before finally coming together. The tempters are Twirling Stick ( a stirring/emulsifying device ), Dishcloth, and Broom. The lively score includes a tango and a Charleston, together with American jazz as well as Slavic folk influences. The piece is scored for clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, violin, cello and piano and will employ the talents of Philip Bashor, Gili Shalett, Kyrystof Witek, Danny Miller , Andrew Gordon and Wayne DuMaine

Devoted also to the more traditional chamber music genre , the Chamber Players will play the Piano Trio No. 38 in D major by Haydn, the Sonata for Clarinet and Bassoon, Op.32 by Poulenc and Contrasts for Clarinet, Violin and Piano by Bartók.

Sunday’s concert will be at the Round Hill Community Church at 4 :p.m.. Monday’s concert will be at the Bruce Museum at 7 :30 p.m. Audiences are invited to a wine and cheese reception at each concert.

Tickets are $30 for adults ; $5 for students. Further information from 203-637-4725 or visit the Greenwich Symphony website.

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