SFCM, Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Sonoma State's Green Music Center Launch THE NATIONAL BRASS ENSEMBLE PROJECT
San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM), Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Sonoma State University's Green Music Center today announced The National Brass Ensemble Project, a partnership formed to present a newly created group, the National Brass Ensemble, in a week-long residency taking place June 9 - 14, 2014 in Rohnert Park and San Rafael, California. The Ensemble, a singular collection of musicians from across the United States, features 24 leading brass players and two percussionists from the Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland, Detroit Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia and San Francisco Symphony orchestras.
Generously supported by Oberlin College alumnus Dr. Joseph Markoff '65, The National Brass Ensemble Project will be an annual San Francisco Bay Area residency that in future years will combine teaching and performances by the nation's foremost brass players.
The highlight of the inaugural residency is a June 12, 2014 public performance at the Green Music Center's Weill Hall inspired by the Grammy Award-winning recording,The Antiphonal Music of Gabrieli. (The original recording featured the brass ensembles of the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia and Cleveland orchestras.) The program includes excerpts from Venetian composer Giovanni Gabrieli's innovative work Sacrae symphoniae (1597), arranged for The National Brass Ensemble by San Francisco Symphony principal trombonist and SFCM faculty member Tim Higgins, and the world premiere of a commission by Academy Award and Grammy Award-winning film composer John Williams.
The first edition of The National Brass Ensemble residency will culminate in the recording of a commercial CD at Skywalker Sound including brass arrangements from Gabrieli's Sacrae symphoniae and the recording premiere of the Williams commission.
"A project years in the making, the inaugural concert and recording of the National Brass Ensemble is not only an extraordinary achievement in its own right but an opportunity both for our students and for the world beyond to experience brass playing at the very highest level," said David H. Stull, president of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. "I am honored to have these musicians with us, and I look forward to developing an ongoing relationship with the National Brass Ensemble in an annual residency offering outstanding brass instruction and world-class performances in the San Francisco Bay Area."
Andrea Kalyn, dean of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, said, "The Gabrieli project embodies high artistry, vision and creative collaboration, and so models in a tremendously powerful way the very qualities we seek to instill in our students. We are deeply grateful to Dr. Joseph Markoff (Oberlin class of 1965) for making this endeavor possible. We also want to thank composer John Williams for contributing a world premiere composition to celebrate the birth of this new ensemble. It is a privilege to work with the National Brass Ensemble, the San Francisco Conservatory and the Green Music Center on this truly remarkable undertaking."
"We are delighted to welcome a project of this caliber to our campus," said Zarin Mehta, co-executive director of the Green Music Center. "This residency marks a fantastic unity of our new performing arts center with two institutions I hold in the highest regard - the San Francisco Conservatory and Oberlin Conservatory of Music. I look forward to witnessing the artistry that emanates from this exceptional collaboration."
Among the distinguished artists in the National Brass Ensemble are several faculty members of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, all of whom are principal players with the San Francisco Symphony: Tim Higgins, trombone, Mark J. Inouye, trumpet, and Oberlin Conservatory alumnus Robert Ward ('77), horn.
The full roster of the National Brass National Brass Ensemble includes (in alphabetical order): Joseph Alessi, principal trombone, New York Philharmonic; David Bilger, principal trumpet, The Philadelphia Orchestra; Jeffrey Curnow, associate principal trumpet, The Philadelphia Orchestra; Marc Damoulakis, percussion, The Cleveland Orchestra; Nitzan Haroz, principal trombone, Los Angeles Philharmonic; Randall Hawes, bass trombone, Detroit Symphony Orchestra; Tim Higgins, principal trombone, San Francisco Symphony and SFCM faculty; Thomas Hooten, principal trumpet, Los Angeles Philharmonic; Mark J. Inouye, principal trumpet, San Francisco Symphony and SFCM faculty; Richard King, principal horn, The Cleveland Orchestra; Massimo La Rosa, principal trombone, The Cleveland Orchestra; James Markey, bass trombone, Boston Symphony Orchestra; Chris Martin, principal trumpet, Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Michael Martin, trumpet, Boston Symphony Orchestra; Jennifer Montone, principal horn, The Philadelphia Orchestra; Michael Mulcahy, trombone, Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Gene Pokorny, principal tuba; Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Thomas Rolfs, principal trumpet, Boston Symphony Orchestra; Mike W. Roylance, principal tuba, Boston Symphony Orchestra; Michael Sachs, principal trumpet, The Cleveland Orchestra;Philip Smith, principal trumpet, New York Philharmonic; James Sommerville, principal horn, Boston Symphony Orchestra; Yasuhito Sugiyama, principal tuba, The Cleveland Orchestra; Robert Ward (Oberlin '77), principal horn, San Francisco Symphony and SFCM faculty; Gail Williams, former associate principal horn, Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Paul Yancich, principal timpani, The Cleveland Orchestra.
National Brass Ensemble
Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Weill Hall, Green Music Center
Sonoma State University
1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park, CA 94928
Selections from Giovanni Gabrieli's Sacrae symphoniae (1597)
John Williams world premiere commission
Tickets from $45.
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