Saturday, September 25, 2010

Wagner's "Ring" Without Words
Friday, September 24, 2010, 8pm
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About this concert
Take a symphonic journey into a mythical world of gods, giants and heroes in the quest for the magic and powerful ring.  The lack of it, fuels its desire-it's possession leads to misery.
In sharing his excitement about Maazel's symphony-only adaptation of The Ring, Hans Graf says "Lorin Maazel's idea is great: to let a selection of orchestral highlights tell the whole story."

Click here to explore more about Wagner's "Ring" Without Words on our Ring web page

As you hear the surging waters of the Rhine, the Ride of the Valkyries and the cataclysmic immolation scene, follow the storyline as it is projected on our in-house video screens.
John Adams: Doctor Atomic Symphony
Wagner/Maazel: The “Ring” Without Words

Hans Graf, conductor

Wagner's "Ring" Without Words

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Reed Capshaw 


The Chicago Trombone Consort

Sunday, September 12, 2010 at 3:00pm

Harper College

1200 W. Algonquin Road
Palatine, IL

The Chicago Trombone Consort will join Reed Capshaw in presenting a recital of trombone solo and ensemble music.  The program will include works by Beethoven, Hindemith, Debussy, Milhaud and Hornoff.


$7 for Harper College students
$8 for students
$10 for the general public

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Randall Hawes Recital at NU Tonight!

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010
Lutkin Hall, Northwestern University
700 University Place
Evanston IL

With Kathryn Goodson, piano and Gail Williams, horn.

Music by R. Strauss, Barber, Piazzolla, Gottschalk, Alec WIlder, Tschaikowksy, and original compositions for bass trombone and piano by Claude Pascal, Fabien Gabel, William Rivard, Enrique Crespa. Also: a world premier solo bass trombone work by Anthony Plog.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Exiles in Hollywood

This weekend's Elgin Symphony Orchestra concerts will be the culmination of our Exiles in Hollywood Festival. I have been looking forward to performing this program all season. Not only are we featuring great music that is underperformed, but Miklos Rozsa's Overture to a Symphony Concert has a fantastically fun bass trombone part! Jennifer Frautschi is performing Erich Wolgang Korngold's Violin Concerto with us and sounds incredible.

Dorothy Lamb Crawford will give pre-concert lectures and sign copies of her new book, A Windfall of Musicians. Here are details of this weekend's program.

• RÓZSA: Overture to a Symphony Concert
• KORNGOLD: Violin Concerto
• WAXMAN: Sinfonietta for Strings and Timpani
• STRAUSS: Suite from "Der Rosenkavalier"

I had a lot of fun introducing the ESO's film series that led up to this weekend's concerts. The final film of the series was Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca, scored by Franz Waxman.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Hugh Hodgson School of Music
presents a
Guest Artist Recital

Mark Fry, bass trombone

8:00 pm, Ramsey Concert Hall
Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Fantasie in C Minor Georg Philipp Telemann
I. Grave (1681-1767)
II. Vivace (trans. Alan Raph)
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro

Concertino Ferdinand David
I. Allegro Maestoso (1810-1873)
II. Marcia Funebre (arr. T. Minor)
III. Allegro Maestoso
Sean Keenan, trombone
Jamie Pannell, trombone
Thomas Minor, bass trombone


OS Stanley Friedman
(b. 1951)

Single Petal of a Rose/Passion Flower “Duke” Ellington
(arr. Michael Abene)
Michael Becker, trombone

Falstaffade Jan Koetsier
Sean Keenan, trombone
Jamie Pannell, trombone
Thomas Minor, bass trombone

Monday, March 08, 2010

Miklos Rozsa and Double Indemnity

Each season, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra has a festival highlighting a particular composer. This season's festival is called Exiles in Hollywood, featuring the concert music of Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Miklos Rozsa and Franz Waxman. In conjuction the ESO, the Gail Borden Public Library will be showing a trio of films scored by these giants of movie music.

The first film in the series will be Double Indemnity...Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at 1pm. I will be introducing the film, talking about Miklos Rozsa's score and film noir. We will be performing Miklos Rozsa's Overture to a Symphony Concert on our May Classic Series.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Tonight and Tomorrow
ESO with Five by Design


February 20 & 21, 2010 – Hemmens Theatre

Stephen Squires, conductor | Five by Design

Sit back and stay tuned for a night recalling when television ruled the airwaves and variety was king.
Vocal quintet Five By Design’s vibrant harmonies and comedic talents move seamlessly from songs
to skits and back again. Classic commercials come to life promoting everything from bananas to
toothpaste, while on another network family and friends are unexpectedly reunited.
So pop open a TV dinner and don’t touch that dial!

I am having a lot of fun with this show...great charts, great rhythm section,
great singers! Below is a preview video of the ESO's season next year.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Brass Soloists of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra

I will be performing a recital with a couple of my colleagues this Saturday, February 13th, 2010 at 4pm. Joining me are ESO horn player, Sharon Jones and ESO Principal Tubist, Charles Schuchat. Chris Thompson is also featured on piano. We will be performing at the Sherwood Conservatory Recital Hall at Columbia College. 1312 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605

The recital is free and open to the public!

Sharon Jones will be performing two solo works: Partita by Verne Reynolds and Introduction and Allegro by Johann Kvandal. Sharon, Charles and I will be performing two trios for horn, euphonium and tuba: La Alfonsina by Johannes Ghislen and Spanish Dance No. 5 - Playera by Enrique Granados. The wonderful arrangement of Playera was done by Mr. Schuchat!

In the midst of all this, my solo performance will be of Christopher Gordon's Concerto for Bass Trombone. I have no way of verifying this, but I suspect that this will one of the first performances of this work in the United States. The concerto was commissioned by the Sydney Symphony. It was first premiered by bass trombonist, Christopher Harris and the Sydney Symphony in October of 2004.

Christopher Gordon is probably most known for his work on the film score to Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003).

His most recent work is for the soon to be released film, Mao's Last Dancer.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

One Night...
Two Great Recitals!

Christopher Davis, Bass Trombone Alumni Recital
Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Presser Hall, Illinois Wesleyan Campus, 1210 N. Park Street, Bloomington, Illinois 61702

Program: with Nancy Pounds- Piano

Variations on Barnacle Bill the Sailor- Carson Robinson and Luther Frank
Lieder Eines Farhrenden Gesellen- Gustav Maher
Sonata no. 5 in D minor for Bassoon- John Ernest Galliard
Dance, Aria, and Fantasia for Solo Bass Trombone
(World Premiere) L. Scott Price
New Orleans- Eugene Bozza

Yale Brass Trio with Michael Roylance, Tuba

Tuesday, February 2, 2010
8:00pm (Eastern Time)

Thursday, January 28, 2010



Elgin Symphony Orchestra

This Weekend

An incredible evening of Russian masterworks features Van Cliburn Silver Medalist Joyce Yang performing Prokofiev’s most popular piano concerto, along with Rimsky-Korsakov’s Russian Easter Overture, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony

No 4, three jewels of the timeless collection of Russian orchestral music.

Friday, January 29 - 1:30pm
Saturday, January 30 - 8:00pm
Sunday, January 31 - 3:30pm

Rimsky- Korsakov Russian Easter Overture
Prokofiev Piano concerto No. 3
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4

A free chat beginning one hour prior to each performance.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Upcoming Projects!

I have a lot on my plate right now...which is a good thing. First of all, I need to let everyone know about a couple of upcoming recitals in February and March.

Brass Soloists of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra
February 13, 2010 at 4pm
Sherwood Conservatory Recital Hall at Columbia College

Joining me will be ESO Hornist Sharon Jones and ESO Principal Tubist Charles Schuchat. I will be performing Christopher Gordon's Concerto for Bass Trombone, as well as playing euphonium on a couple of brass trios.

In the last week of March, I will be giving a guest recital and masterclass at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia in Athens.

As a part of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra's Exiles in Hollywood Festival this season, the Gail Borden Public Library will be showing a series of films highlighting our featured composers. The three films to be shown are Double Indemnity (scored by Miklos Rozsa), Rebecca (scored by Franz Waxman) and The Seahawk (scored by Erich Wolfgang Korngold). Yours truly will be introducing each of these films and be giving some background on the composers.

I have a few other big projects in the pipeline which I need to keep "under wraps" for the time being. One of which, I am planning on having up and running in the next couple of months. All I can say at this time is that it will be very unique and hopefully a really good resource for students and professionals. More information to come soon!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Boston Brass
at Depaul School of Music
Saturday, January 22nd, 2010
This great quintet will be on campus to share a performance / masterclass, for our students and open to the public.

From their website: ( )

Boston Brass is setting new standards in entertainment. From exciting classical arrangements, to breathtaking vocal harmony, to burning jazz standards, Boston Brass achieves new levels in brass performance while treating audiences to a unique musical experience that captivates all ages. The ensemble's lively repartee, touched with humor and personality, bridges the vast ocean of classical formality to delight audiences to an evening of boisterous fun, exciting knowledge and an enthusiastic love of music, deftly exhibited by five brash brass players. Boston Brass has transcended the traditional mores of brass ensemble literature and, with a host of original arrangements, has pioneered a new generation of music that sets out to achieve one simple goal: entertain at all costs with blistering precision. Whether they are performing solo or with a symphony orchestra, the fun and emotion exhibited from this group is uniquely infectious and keeps audiences on their feet, demanding encore after encore.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Lake Forest Symphony Performs Music by Dvorak, Smetana and Suk This Weekend

January 22 & 23, 20108:0
Gabriel Cabezas
Gabriel Cabezas
Czech Mates

Masterpieces from the greatest
of all Czech composers


Carnival, Op. 92


Cello Concerto, Op. 104
Gabriel Cabezas, cello


Die Moldau (Vltava) from Ma Vlast (My Fatherland)


Fantastic Scherzo, Op. 25

Friday and Saturday

January 22 & 23, 2010


The James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts in Grayslake, IL

For Tickets Call (847)297-2135

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Too Hot To Handel
Trombone Section - 2010

Pictured above - Mark Fry, Tracy Kirk and Stephen Berry.

This weekend marked our fifth year of performing Too Hot To Handel in the historic Auditorium Theatre in downtown Chicago.
Fun Trombone Video of the Week

Hilarious! The fun begins right at the 7 minute mark. Thanks to Larry Zalkind for passing this along!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Carol Jantsch
Northwestern University
Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Free Master Class and
Recital at Northwestern
University’s Campus

Open to the public

Master Class: 4-6PM

Recital: 7:30PM

Both events taking place
at Regenstein Recital Hall.
Northwestern University
Regenstein Recital Hall
60 Arts Circle Dr.
Evanston, IL 60208

Program to include:

Bozza: Concertino
Penderecki: Capriccio
Shostakovich: Adagio, from "Bright Stream"
Vaughn Williams: Tuba Concerto
Arban: Carnival of Venice

Assisted by Yoko Yamada-Selvaggio, piano

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah

Dates: January 16 and 17, 2010
Times: Saturday at 7:30 p.m, Sunday at 3 p.m.
Price: $30, $40, $50, $65

"Presented to honor the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Too Hot to Handel expressed a message of peace and exultation that was entirely appropriate for the occasion." - Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune

Our "hottest" annual tradition returns for the fifth year! The Auditorium celebrates Dr. King's birthday with a joyful, exuberant, all-American version of Handel's beloved oratorio. Join our soloists, orchestra, jazz combo and Too Hot Choir for the jazziest, swingingest Messiah you'll ever hear!

Critically acclaimed tenor Rodrick Dixon and soprano Alfreda Burke will return for the fifth year. Joining them is alto Karen Marie Richardson, who electrified audiences with her portrayal of Lulu in this summer'sThe Mistress Cycle.

If you've experienced Too Hot, you know the power and energy of this production; if you've never been, this is the year to find out why audiences are coming back again and again.

Click here for video.

Phone: 800.982.ARTS
Online: Ticketmaster
Groups (10+): 312.431.2357
In Person: Box office, 50 E. Congress Parkway

Save 20% when you purchase a 6-seat box - use promo code TOOHOT. (Must purchase entire 6-seat box. Upper boxes only. May not be combined with any other discount or offer. Subject to availability.)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Fun Trombone Video of the Week

This video features a solo by the great Carl Fontana. Nuff Said!
Thanks to my friend Dan Mattson for originally posting this on Facebook.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Reed Capshaw in Recital Tomorrow Night!

Program to include works by Beethoven, Defaye, Hindemith, Mahler & Sulek

Reed Capshaw is one of the premier free-lance musicians in the Chicago area. Currently, he is Principal Trombonist of the Lake Forest and South Bend Symphonies. In addition, he has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Elgin Symphony Orchestra among others. Mr. Capshaw is the instructor of trombone and low brass at North Central College.

This is sure to be a great concert. Don't miss it!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

7:30pm - 9:00pm

Friday, January 08, 2010

ESO Performs Symphonies by both Brahms and Shostakovich This Weekend!

Brahms & Shostakovich
Friday, January 8 - 8:00pm

Saturday, January 9 - 8:00pm
Sunday, January 10 - 3:30pm

Brahms Symphony No. 3
Ravel Le Tombeau de Couperin
Shostakovich Symphony No. 9

A free chat beginning one hour prior to each performance.

Tania Miller, who has won high praise as the first female music director of a major
Canadian orchestra, brings her extremely evocative touch to three of our favorite
composers. You will not want to miss this powerfully passionate performance!

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Fun Trombone Video of the Week

Here is a great behind the scenes look at the recording for upcoming video game, God of War III. This video features Scott Thornton, San Francisco Ballet Principal Bass Trombonist at the Skywalker Ranch Recording Studios. Enjoy!

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