Former Canadian Brass trumpeter Brandon Ridenour and NYC pianist Peter Dugan in concert at Monument Presbyterian Church

February 1, 2017

Brandon Ridenour, the Grand Junction Symphony’s guest artist for its February 18th & 19th concerts, is heading to town a few days early to present an evening of solo trumpet and duets with pianist Peter Dugan at the Monument Presbyterian Church (2020 1/2 S. Broadway) on Thursday, February 16th at 7:30pm.

Ridenour and Dugan will be performing together in Washington State and Montana the week leading up to their concert in Grand Junction. They will be presenting an array of works that have been mostly arranged for trumpet by Ridenour himself. The evening will include pieces from Gershwin, Ravel, Debussy, Bernstein, Rimsky-Korsakov and others.

A virtuoso trumpeter and composer, Brandon Ridenour’s brilliance and self-assurance on the concert stage led to his victory at the Concert Artists Guild Competition.  Recognized as “a major talent in the making” (Grand Rapids Press), he has combined his wide-ranging activities as a soloist and chamber musician with his passion for composing and arranging, resulting in his distinctive artistic voice and vision.

At the age of twenty, Brandon became the youngest member ever to join the iconic Canadian Brass, a position he held for seven years. While with the group, he played in distinguished venues around the world, performed on television, recorded ten albums, and received three Juno Award nominations.

A graduate of The Juilliard School and an alumnus of Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble ACJW, Brandon began his musical journey at age 5, studying piano with his father, pianist/conductor Rich Ridenour, with whom he still performs in recital and with Pops Orchestras.

Pianist Peter Dugan was hailed “a formidable soloist” by the Washington Post after his recent Kennedy Center debut with baritone John Brancy.  Prizing versatility as the key to the future of classical music, Mr. Dugan is equally at home in classical, jazz, and pop idioms.  He has performed throughout the United States and Canada, and abroad in South America, the Cayman Islands, and across Europe. This season, Mr. Dugan debuts as a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas.

Mr. Dugan, a Philadelphia native, holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in solo piano performance from the Juilliard School, where he studied under Matti Raekallio and was awarded the John Erskine Commencement Prize for outstanding artistic and academic achievement.  Mr. Dugan resides in New York with his wife, mezzo-soprano Kara Dugan, and serves on the piano faculty at the Juilliard School Evening Division and the St. Thomas Choir School. Mr. Dugan is a Yamaha Artist.

Brandon Ridenour with pianist Peter Dugan is sponsored by Nancy Hill.

Tickets for this unforgettable evening are $30 per person and $5 for students (12 and older). They can be purchased online at GJSO.org, by calling 243-6787, visiting the Grand Junction Symphony office at 414 Main Street, or one hour prior to the performance at Monument Presbyterian Church.

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