Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Low Brass Boot Camp
Day Three

This day's session was the highlight of the week for Mike, myself and the students. It was also open to the general public and we had a good sized crowd show up. First off, we were treated to a short recital by Larry Zalkind and his wife, Roberta Zalkind on piano. The program was as follows...

Fritz Kriesler - Liebesleid
Ludvig van Beethoven - 12 Variations on a theme from The Magic Flute
Tommy Dorsey - Trombonology

Mr. Zalkind performed the entire program by memory with beautiful expressiveness and effortless execution. It was easy to forgot that these works were being performed on the trombone!

Mike Becker and I then joined Larry for a few trombone trios and a demonstration of some standard works from the orchestral repertoire. We were assisted by Kevin Bock on the pieces that required tuba. These included...

Daniel Speer - Two Sonatas
J.S. Bach - Fugue in G Major
Johannes Brahms - Symphonies No. 2 & 4
Anton Bruckner - Symphony No. 4
Paul Hindemith - Symphonic Metamorphosis

The last portion of Larry Zalkind's day with us was a masterclass where the students came up to play individually or in low brass sections. Mr. Zalkind got into great detail about style, sound, air production and articulation. While not surprising, it was very refreshing to have Larry come in and reinforce everything that Mike and I had been talking about earlier in the week!

I would like to personally thank both Larry and Roberta Zalkind for coming down to this year's Low Brass Boot Camp...both wonderful people and musicians!

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