David Herbert, timpanist, in the world premiere recording of William Kraft's" Concerto No. 2: The Grand Encounter for Timpani and Orchestra".
Laurel Records is proud to announce the release of the world premiere recording of William Kraft's "Concerto No 2: The Grand Encounter for Timpani and Orchestra". This virtuosic work, commissioned by the San Francisco Symphony and Maestro Michael Tilson Thomas for timpanist David Herbert and scored for a 15-timpani array, breaks new ground in the melodic and harmonic aspects of the timpani. A 9 piccolo timpani array was constructed especially for this work, extending the range to a high A (440). The Concerto is performed by David Herbert with Symphony Silicon Valley and Paul Polivnick conducting. Mr. Herbert personally oversaw the construction of the piccolo timpani, which were manufactured by American Drum Manufacturing Company (with the help of Marshall Light). The disc also features "Octopus, an Etude for 15 Timpani" written by Mr. Kraft for David Herbert in preparation for the Second Concerto and the re-release of Kraft's "Concerto for Timpani and Orchestra No. 1" with Thomas Akins and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, also conducted by Maestro Polivnick. These recordings represent a landmark in both the timpani and American classical music repertoire.
Available from Laurel Records: www.laurelrecords.com ($15.99) or Amazon.com ($16.95)
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On December 5, 2015, we celebrate Maestro Muti’s 250th concert with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony, Scriabin’s Prometheus: Poem of Fire, and Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture and Eighth Symphony.
Maestro Muti’s musical relationship with the CSO began in 1973, when he made his debut with the Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival. His subscription debut followed in March 1975. After a 32-year absence, during which he served as Principal Conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra and as Music Director of both the Philadelphia Orchestra and Teatro alla Scala, Maestro Muti returned to lead the CSO in September 2007 with two weeks of concerts at Orchestra Hall, followed by a highly acclaimed European tour. Maestro Muti became Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in September 2010, starting his tenure with a free concert for the City of Chicago in the Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park that was attended by over 25,000 people. Since then, Maestro Muti and the Musicians of the CSO have performed in Chicago and other U.S. cities, as well as in Europe and Mexico. In January 2016, the CSO and Maestro Muti will embark on their first Asian tour together, with concerts scheduled in Taiwan, Japan, China and South Korea. The CSO has flourished with Maestro Muti as Music Director. His message that music has the power to bring peace to the world is one that the musicians of the Orchestra strive to bring to each concert.
We look forward to the next 250 concerts! Bravo, Maestro!
For the past 25-plus years, Charlie Vernon, CSO trombonist, has put together Christmas Carol Sings for the public involving mostly trombones, pipe organ, informal choir and audience participation. This event has grown more popular each year and for the past 7-8 years the event has raised money for the Chicago Food Depository. This year's event will have more audience caroling opportunities than ever before.
Joining Charlie from the CSO, as he has for the last 10 years, is John Hagstrom, playing trumpet and soprano trombone. From the Atlanta Symphony is Michael Moore, tuba. Rounding out the ensemble are several members of the Chicago Civic Orchestra as well as members of the DePaul University trombone studio and area free-lancers. Charlie's wife Alison Vernon is the conductor.
Please join us as we kick-off the Christmas season with carol singing accompanied by 15 brass players, pipe organ and choir. AND be a part of the Chicago-land COMMUNITY helping COMMUNITY by raising money for the great Chicago Food Depository.