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Trumpets 5, Music of Our Time

Monday, October 15, 2018 - 7:30 PM

American Philosophical Society

Benjamin Franklin Hall
427 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

  • David Bilger

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Principal Trumpets David Bilger (Philadelphia Orchestra) and Thomas Rolfs (Boston Symphony) are joined by their colleagues Jeffrey Curnow, Anthony Prisk, Benjamin Wright, and pianist Susan Nowicki in a program featuring solo works and pieces for various combinations of trumpets written since 1945.

David Bilger, trumpet; Thomas Rolfs, trumpet; Anthony Prisk, trumpet; Jeffrey Curnow, trumpet; Benjamin Wright, trumpet; Susan Nowicki, piano

Presser: Adagio from Suite No. 1
Ketting: Intrada
Britten: Fanfare for St. Edmundsbury
Stevens: Trumpet Sonata
Ochoa: Stills in Black and White
Reynolds: Music for Five Trumpets
Gubaidulina: Trio for Three Trumpets
Takemitsu: Paths for Two Trumpets
Boutry: Fanfares pour les Temps Legendaires
Franklin: Skylight for Five Trumpets [World Premiere]


This concert is supported by Grant Greapentrog.

Visit the Society's blog to read our interview with David Bilger.

David Bilger, trumpet

Hailed by the New York Times for his playing of “easy brilliance” and by the Washington Post for his “engaging legato touch,” David Bilger has held the position of principal trumpet of The Philadelphia Orchestra since 1995. Prior to joining the Orchestra, he held the same position with the Dallas Symphony. Mr. Bilger has appeared.

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Thomas Rolfs, trumpet

Thomas Rolfs, Principal Trumpet of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops, began his career with the BSO in 1991 under Seiji Ozawa. He served first as 4th trumpet, and was later promoted by Ozawa to Associate Principal Trumpet. He was promoted to Principal Trumpet by James Levine. As a student, Mr. Rolfs was.

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Jeffrey Curnow, trumpet

Jeffrey Curnow joined The Philadelphia Orchestra as associate principal trumpet in the fall of 2001 after serving as principal trumpet of the Dallas Symphony for six years. Mr. Curnow began his career in music as an undergraduate at Temple University, where he was a student of Seymour Rosenfeld, and quickly won a coveted position as.

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Anthony Prisk, trumpet

Anthony Prisk joined The Philadelphia Orchestra as second trumpet in August 2013; previously he was a member of the Houston Symphony for 11 seasons. He has performed internationally with several orchestras and music festivals, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Grant Park Festival Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony, the Boston Symphony, the Moscow Philharmonic, the New.

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Benjamin Wright, trumpet

Benjamin Wright enjoys a varied career, performing as a member of the Boston Symphony, as a soloist and chamber musician, and teaching. Wright joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra trumpet section in July 2002 as fourth trumpet. From 2006 to 2009, he was acting assistant principal trumpet of the BSO, and in 2010 became second trumpet. Wright.

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Susan Nowicki, piano

Pianist Susan Nowicki is a faculty member of the Curtis Institute of Music where she coaches for the Vocal Studies Department.  She has appeared throughout the United States as soloist and as collaborative pianist, and frequently performs with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. An enthusiastic advocate of contemporary music, Ms Nowicki has premiered and performed.

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American Philosophical Society

Address: Benjamin Franklin Hall
427 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

  Benjamin Franklin Hall is a 375 seat auditorium offering plaza level and balcony seating.  All concerts at this venue are general admission seating.  Doors open 30 minutes prior to the performance. There are many historic elements to the building.  Designed in the Italianate style, it features a visually striking white marble façade and an impressive collection of…more info