Chamber Players herald in spring with the sounds of Wayne DuMaine

Wayne DuMaine

Wayne DuMaine

The Chamber Players of the Greenwich Symphony are celebrating the arrival of spring by inviting guest artist, Wayne DuMaine to “Sound the Trumpet” in concerts on April 10-11.

Sunday’s concert will be at 4 p.m., at the Round Hill Community Church; Monday’s concert will be at 7:30 p.m. at the Bruce Museum.

Violinist Krystof Witek, who, with cellist Danny Miller, is the Chamber Players’ co-artistic director, describes the program. “Danny and I are continually striving to introduce not only diverse programming, but also we’re trying to stretch the boundaries of “traditional” chamber music repertory. In past seasons we have invited special guests who have performed with us on pipa (Chinese lute), guitar, saxophone, and Argentinian bandoneon (in a tango program). This time we are excited to feature Wayne DuMaine on trumpet”.

DuMaine  currently performs with the Metropolitan Orchestra, the Brooklyn and Long Island Philharmonics, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York Big Brass, the Music Society of Lincoln Center and is a member of the Manhattan and Brooklyn Philharmonic Brass Quintets. Currently, he is trumpeter of the critically acclaimed show,”The King and I”, at Lincoln Center. He is on the faculty of Columbia and Princeton Universities and the Julliard School of Music.

DuMaine will open the program with one of the best known trumpet concertos of the Baroque era, the Concerto in D major for Trumpet, Strings and Continuo by Johann Friedrich Fasch, a composer much admired by Bach.

“In our performance of this piece,” Witek continues, “We will accompany Wayne, not only with strings and piano, but also with clarinet and bassoon, which will definitely bring a new sonorority to this repertory work.”

Krystof comments, “It is very unusual to hear a trumpet in a chamber music setting, especially along with strings and woodwinds. Martin and his terrific ballet score La Revue de Cuisine calls for a highly unusual instrumentation of six players, (trumpet, clarinet, bassoon, violin, cello and piano) — the sound and music of which I would characterize as Czech ‘mini big band’. The musical ‘plot’ concerns the trials of a Pot and a Lid who were meant for each other but must meet many challenges along the way.

Wayne will also perform his own arrangements of two Gershwin songs. That would not sound all that unusual except that Wayne will be playing both trumpet and piano at the same time. To complete our exploration of musical timbre, Philip Bashor and Gili Sharett will play a charming duo for clarinet and bassoon by Poulenc. Phil, Andrew Gordon and myself will play a very modern- sounding Bartók , Contrasts for Clarinet, Violin and Piano.”

Tickets are $30 for adults; $5 for students. Information from 203-637-4725 or greenwichsym.org/chamberplayers. Facebook: Chamber Players of the Greenwich Symphony.

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