Poster George Curran
George Curran, bass trombonist
Photo: David W Finlayson, courtesy of artist
Performance Today®

It's time for that bass trombone to shine

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, we’ll hear a new concerto by Kenneth Fuchs featuring George Curran on bass trombone.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

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

Hour 2

Charles Gounod, arr. Damien Sneed: Ave Maria
Randall Goosby, violin; Damien Sneed, piano
Album: The Three Sides of Damien Sneed: Classical, Jazz, and Sanctified Soul
LeChateau Earl Records

Nino Rota: Piccola Offerta Musicale for Wind Quintet
Marya Martin, flute; Kemp Jernigan, oboe; Tommaso Lonquich, clarinet; Peter Kolkay, bassoon; Stewart Rose, horn
Bridgehampton Chamber Music, Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church, Bridgehampton, NY

George Frideric Handel: Concerto Grosso No. 1 in G Major, Op. 6
Strings Festival Orchestra; John Macfarlane, conductor
Strings Music Festival, Strings Pavilion, Steamboat Springs, CO

Richard Strauss: Violin Sonata in E-flat, Op. 18
Randall Goosby, violin; Zhu Wang, piano
Honest Brook Music Festival, Honest Brook Farm, Delhi, NY

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