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The bass trombone's time to shine

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

July 05, 2022

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

Leonora Duarte: Sinfonias Nos. 4 & 5
Sonnambula
Album: Leonora Duarte: The Complete Works
Centaur CEN 3685

Eric Whitacre: The Stolen Child
The King's Singers and The University of Georgia Hodgson Singers | Daniel Bara, Conductor of Hodgson Singers
University of Georgia Performing Arts Center, Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall, Athens, GA

Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre: Sonate pour le Violon et pour le Clavecin No.3 in F
Sonnambula
Baruch Performing Arts Center at Baruch College, Engelman Recital Hall, New York, NY

Claude Debussy, arr. Marlijn Helder: La Mer
ROCO
ROCO, St. John the Divine Church, Houston, TX

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 (2016)
Staff Sergeant 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