Generously sponsored by: Lyn Baker l Mary & Thomas Tanner
The evening begins with Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain, a fast-paced, big brass piece inspired by Russian literary works and legend. For the first time in at least two decades, the evening’s program will feature a trumpet solo. Phil Snedecor will perform Hummel’s Trumpet Concerto in E flat, a piece written for Viennese trumpet virtuoso and inventor of the keyed trumpet, Anton Weidinger, in 1803. The Symphony will end the night playing Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 in G major, a lush, cheery and lyrical piece that drew inspiration for the Bohemian folk music that Dvorak loved. The symphony was composed on the occasion of Dvorak’s election into the Bohemian Academy of Science, Literature and Arts in 1889.
Nan Washburn is currently the Music Director of the Michigan Philharmonic and was also appointed the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor for the Michigan Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, an ensemble that she founded in 2003. She has also served as the Artistic Director and Conductor of the West Hollywood Orchestra, Music Director of Orchestra Sonoma, the Camellia Symphony in Sacramento, Principal Conductor of the Channel Islands Symphony, the Acalanes Chamber Orchestra, the American Jazz Theater, and Director of the San Francisco State University Symphony Orchestra.
Phil Snedecor attended the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where he received the prestigious Performers Certificate and was a member of the premiere brass quintet, the Canterbury Brass. Mr. Snedecor is a former member of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and has held one-year positions with the National Symphony, the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra and the Baltimore Opera. He is Principal Trumpet in the Harrisburg (PA) Symphony Orchestra and former Co-Principal Trumpet in the Concert Artists of Baltimore. Mr. Snedecor has performed and toured throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.