The Chicago Symphony has announced its 2018-2019 Season and with it includes some new exciting works. Coming off a rousing world premiere of a Low Brass Concerto by Jennifer Higdon, the CSO has commissioned James Stephenson to write a Bass Trombone Concerto for the orchestra’s bass trombonist, Charles Vernon.
Being a trumpet player now turned full-time composer/conductor, Stephenson is quite familiar with writing for the bass trombone as many of his published works have been performed by other bass trombonists in world-class orchestras. This current season (2017-2018) includes a world premiere of a Low Brass Concerto written for members of the Minnesota Orchestra. Stephenson has already written one bass trombone piece that turned into a concerto performed in March 2017 by Gerry Pagano of the St. Louis Symphony.
The Chicago Symphony performances conducted by Riccardo Muti will be June 13-15, 2019 at Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois. Other pieces included in the program are:
- Gershwin An American in Paris
- Tchaikovsky Suite No. 3
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