February 2, 2017
On Saturday, February 18th and Sunday, February 19th, Brandon Ridenour returns to Grand Junction to perform his own flugelhorn arrangement of Mozart’s Flute Concerto in Ridenour on Flugelhorn at the Avalon Theatre in a weekend of concerts which also features Chabrier’s Joyeuse marche and Shostakovich’s The Gadfly Suite. Performances will be held at 7:30pm on Saturday and 3:00pm on Sunday.
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.
Brandon has appeared as a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Indianapolis, Jacksonville, and Edmonton Symphony Orchestras. He has performed with the New York Philharmonic, International Contemporary Ensemble, the Knights, and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Other solo performances include the Kennedy Center, Walt Disney Hall, and Carnegie Hall, including his 2016 Weill Recital Hall debut and a recent Stern Auditorium performance of Penny Lane alongside Sting and James Taylor. During the 2015-16 season, he was featured with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in its annual performances of Bach’s complete Brandenburg Concertos.
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. Brandon and his father performed their Trumpet Invasion concert with the Grand Junction Symphony in October 2012.
French composer Emmanuel Chabrier’s Joyeuse marche is one of his most popular orchestra pieces and is the second half of a pair of orchestral pieces first performed on November 1888 in Western France, with the composer conducting. The Joyeuse marche is dedicated to fellow French composer Vincent d’Indy.
Mozart’s Flute Concerto No. 2 is an adaptation of his original oboe concerto. Dutch flautist Ferdinand De Jean commissioned Mozart for four flute quartets and three flute concerti; of which Mozart only completed three quartets and one new flute concerto. Instead of creating a new second concerto, Mozart rearranged the oboe concerto he had written a year earlier as the second flute concerto, although with substantial changes for it to fit with what the composer deemed flute-like. However, De Jean did not pay Mozart for this concerto because it was based on the oboe concerto. Ridenour began arranging music for trumpet as both a solo and collaborative instrument in order to expand the possibilities for his instrument. The flugelhorn is a brass instrument pitched in B-flat and resembles a trumpet, but has a wider, conical bore. The instrument known today as the flugelhorn was developed from the valved bugle and is a member of the saxhorn family, which was developed by Adolphe Sax, who also created the saxophone family.
The Gadfly Suite is a suite for orchestra arranged from the composition by Dmitri Shostakovich for the 1955 Soviet film The Gadfly, based on the novel of the same name. The film tells a story of the underground struggle of Italian patriots against the Austrian invaders for independence of their homeland. This Suite, known as Op. 97a, is a selection of music derived from the film arranged by Soviet composer Levon Atovmian and has been recorded by several orchestras. As of the end of the twentieth century, the complete score of the film had still not been recorded in its entirety.
Ridenour on Flugelhorn is sponsored by Ron Beckman. Guest artist Brandon Ridenour is sponsored by Nancy Hill.
Tickets are $20-$40 for adults and $5 for students with ID. Tickets can be purchased online at GJSO.org, by calling 243-6787, visiting the Grand Junction Symphony office Downtown at 414 Main Street, or at the Avalon Theatre box office one hour prior to the performance.