Although I perform concerts all year long, there’s always something special about those that take place in the spring. Teachers of all stripes know what I’m talking about. It’s the culmination of the academic year, a chance for outstanding students to shine, and a time to marvel at months (and sometimes years) of progress.
This year I am especially proud of three senior music majors at Goucher College who will be featured with the student orchestra at our Spring Concert on Wednesday, April 28th at 8 pm in Goucher’s Kraushaar Auditorium. My conducting student Arreon Harley will be leading Mozart’s Overture to The Abduction from the Seraglio, Michael Polonchak will be the featured soloist in Bruch’s Romance for Viola and Orchestra, Op. 85, and soprano Stephanie Barnes will performs arias by Mozart, Handel and Rossini. (Your faithful scribe will conduct Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 after the intermission.)
The week after the GCO concert I’m looking forward to conducting the Frederick Symphony’s spring subscription concert on Saturday, May 8th featuring flutist David LaVorgna in Robert Beaser’s Song of the Bells along with Debussy’s Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4. But in the meantime, I’m playing the trumpet parts for Handel’s “Let the Bring Seraphim” on Stephanie Barnes’s senior recital at Goucher tonight and “The Trumpet Shall Sound” with Robert Cantrell at Grace Methodist tomorrow morning. Never a dull moment!