I have a soft spot in my heart for the trombone. I played trombone in middle school and high school, but was not very skilled. It got so bad that every time I practiced, my dog would bolt from the room and hide under a bed! It wasn't until I discovered the double bass that I got serious about music. The San Antonio Symphony, like most orchestras our size, carries three trombonists. This year we faced a very unusual situation - all three trombone positions were open in the same season (not all permanent openings, some were just on leave). The one I've written about before is Amanda Stewart, who is now playing with the New York Philharmonic.
What was amazing was how well the three new players quickly became a fabulously cohesive section. Anthony Wise, Vanessa Fralick and Louis Bremer sound like they have been playing together for years! Monday night at 7 p.m. they are giving a free trombone recital at St. Mary's University. I think it will be a lot of fun! They have done a great job all season long and this will be a wonderful way to celebrate. I'm including three videos about trombones, for those who don't know much about them.
Here is a Discovery Channel video about how trombones are made:
I don't know what music is scheduled for Monday, but just so you know what a quartet of trombones sounds like, here is an arrangement of Elgar's "Nimrod" Variation from the Enigma Variations:
Here's an arrangement of Bach's Toccata and Fugue for Trombone Quartet:
Monday, May 24, 2010, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Treadaway Recital Hall, St. Mary's University
The San Antonio Symphony's trombone section - Anthony Wise, Vanessa Fralick and Louis Bremer - will be performing solo and quartet works together with Andy Converse, Andy Post and Johnny Elizondo. They will also be joined by tubist Lee Hipp, pianist Chris Guzman and percussionists Peter Flamm and Warren Johnson. Admission is free and there will be a reception following the performance.
The Symphony has three concerts left in our 2009-2010 season including:
May 26 at 12:30 p.m.: FREE concert at Travis Park United Methodist Church
June 4 & 5: Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg with the San Antonio Symphony
For more blogs by Jack Fishman visit: www.sasymphony.org/blog
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