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17-18 Modern American Legends
Chris Brubeck
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Saturday, February 3, 2018 (7:30 pm)

Location: Fox Cities Performing Arts Center

Michael Daugherty: Route 66
Chris Brubeck: Fanfare to a Remarkable Friend
Chris Brubeck: Prague Concerto for Bass Trombone and Orchestra
Aaron Copland: Billy the Kid: Suite

From Daugherty to Copland, this concert highlights American composing legends. We are delighted to welcome back to our stage composer, musician, and true friend Chris Brubeck.

“A composer with a real flair for lyrical melody–a 21st Century Lenny Bernstein.” - John von Rhein, music critic for The Chicago Tribune

Notes from Maestro Groner:
The works which start both halves of this program can be broadly classified as minimalist. However, for the Daughtery and the Adams, I feel that label is too confining. How they are labeled is far less important to me than the fact that they are inspiring and a whole lot of sonic fun.

When I was asked to conduct the Czech National Symphony in Prague in 2003, that orchestra’s management let me know that for my concert they had arranged for me to work with the American composer, trombonist Chris Brubeck. Our collaboration there marked the beginning of our friendship, sparked multiple collaborations, and a commission or two along the way. His enthusiasm for life fills all that he writes. One of his great gifts is his ability to span multiple styles of music in his compositions. One of his greatest strengths is the way he truly values each of those diverse styles.

When I considered which artists to invite to work with the FVS this season I wanted to make sure that we would all be working with friends. Chris has been a dear friend to this orchestra for quite some time, and it feels good and right for him to be here.

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