Performance Today

The bass trombone's time to shine

George Curran, bass trombonistPhoto: David W Finlayson, courtesy of artist

July 21, 2021

The rich, deep tone of the bass trombone makes it part of the backbone of a brass section, but it rarely gets a moment in the spotlight. Now, it's time to shine. On today's show, hear a new concerto by Kenneth Fuchs, featuring George Curran on bass trombone.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Zoltan Kodaly: Epigrams
Budapest Clarinet Quintet
Album: Clarinet Evergreens
Naxos 553427

William Grant Still: Ennanga for String Quartet, Harp, and Piano
Album: Works by William Grant Still
New World 80399

Piano Puzzler
This week’s contestant is Stephen Farrand calling from Freeport, ME

Zoltan Kodaly: Dances from Galanta
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Lorenzo Viotti, conductor
Berwaldhallen, Stockholm, Sweden

Hour 2

Claudio Grafulla: Washington Grays
United States Marine Band; Colonel Michael J. Colburn, conductor
Album: Military Workout With Military Music
Altissimo! 70352

James Syler: Love Among the Ruins
Staff Sargeant Sarah Hart, viola
United States Marine Band; Capt. Ryan J. Nowlin, conductor
United States Marine Band, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, Alexandria, VA

Kenneth Fuchs: Bass Trombone Concerto
George Curran, Bass trombone; Hanako Yamagata Greenberg, piano
Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival, Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater at Symphony Space, New York, NY

Francis  Poulenc: Sonata for Flute and Piano, FP. 164
Lorna McGhee, flute; Piers Lane, piano
Seattle Chamber Music Society, Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall, Seattle, WA