Symphony musicians gets to struts their stuff at annual showcase

Posted: Thursday, March 09, 2000

Sassy performance art meets traditional classical music Saturday night.

One night each year, musicians with the Juneau Symphony step away from large-scale symphony performances for a more intimate showcase of their own projects. The annual Symphony Showcase includes performances by eight different ensembles, including quartets, duos and chamber music groups.

The concert begins at 8 p.m. Saturday at Northern Light United Church. The show will include a performance art piece for solo trombone titled, ``Pictures of an Exhibitionist.''

``It's subtitled, `Yet Another Theater Piece for Trombone,' '' trombonist David Landers said.

``It combines traditional playing techniques and music with some nontraditional sounds and nontraditional means of performance. To just hear it wouldn't make much sense. You have to see it,'' said Landers, who didn't want to give away more before the performance.

A former professional musician, 30-year-old Landers has been playing trombone 19 years.

``I'll play anything that's put in front of me,'' Landers said. ``I played on cruise ships for two years, playing all kinds of music, from rock to show tunes to jazz and classical.''

Originally from Nashville, Tenn., Landers moved to Juneau last August. Shortly after his arrival he formed a trombone quartet called Bones North with Scott Black, Dorothy Buller and Paul Hill. That group will also perform Saturday night.

Bones North will open the Symphony Showcase with three diverse selections by Claude Debussy, Camille Saint-Saens and Hoagy Carmichael.

An eight-piece chamber group will perform an 18th century trumpet concerto by Georg Telemann. Bill Paulick, Lorri Heagy and Jan Coldwell will follow, playing a piece written by 19th century German composer Carl Reinecke to highlight French horn, piano and oboe.

Violinist Steve Tada will perform an early baroque piece for solo violin by German composer Franz Biber. Tada will be joined later by violinist Bob King and pianist Ani Torgerson for three duets for violin.

Sally Schlicting and Mary Watson will perform ``Moments for Flute and Piano,'' by Robert Muczynski, a modern American composer. Schlicting said Muczynski's music incorporates more traditional elements of harmony, melody, rhythm and form than is often found in contemporary classical compositions.

The Symphony Showcase will also include ``Southern Cross,'' composed in 1942 by American cornetist Herbert Clarke. It will be performed by Nathan Bastuscheck on the euphonium with pianist Mary Watson.

Landers' trombone solo will close the showcase.

Tickets to the concert are $14 in advance at Hearthside Books, and $12 for students and seniors. Tickets are $2 more at the door. All tickets for children are $5.

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