Vernon to Give Premiere of Stephenson Bass Trombone Concerto

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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Jeremy Smith

Jeremy Smith is a trombonist, brass teacher, and blogger. He studied music performance at both Grace College and Carnegie Mellon University, and currently is the bass trombonist for Orchestra Iowa and the Huntington Symphony Orchestra. In 2014, Jeremy started Last Row Music as an online resource of job postings and artist links for brass musicians around the world. When he is not performing or blogging, Jeremy is giving brass lessons to students throughout the country from his home in Centerburg, Ohio.