Portland area folks: I’m going to be playing in a recital with organist Grant Edwards on Sunday, April 3rd. Here’s the skinny:
When: Sunday, April 3rd. Recital starts at 4:15 p.m. (Note: there is an Evensong service directly after the recital that will start at 5 p.m., but I will not be involved in the Evensong service, only the recital.) Both events are FREE.
Where: Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 147 NW 19th Ave, Portland, Oregon 97209
What: This recital directly precedes Trinity’s monthly Evensong service. Local organist and composer Grant Edwards will begin the recital playing on the cathedral’s fabulous Rosales organ (Op. 11). I will join him a bit later on his finest composition: Sonata for Trumpet and Organ on the St. Mark Passion. The recital will end at 5 p.m.
Several years ago, Grant asked me to write him a theme for a short piece he was wanting to write in time for Easter that year. I thought about it and finally decided that I’d give him a melodic strain that had been running through my head ever since I can remember.
When I gave it to him a week later, he was less than thrilled, because he was expecting something a bit more developed than a simple 9-note theme with a little rhythmic flourish at the end. He took it anyhow and decided to play with it and perhaps come up with something worth playing.
The next week when I saw him, he was ecstatic! He said that the more he played with the theme, the more he was able to do with it. He managed to take something so simple and eventually turn it into a 5-movement piece lasting around 20 minutes! Over the years he’s edited it a little bit, but the piece that you’ll be hearing on Sunday is pretty close to what we had when we first premiered this work.
I’m very excited about this gig because although Grant and I have played this piece on several other occasions, this is by far the largest pipe organ this has ever been played on. This offers both organist and trumpeter more artistic freedom and it should be a thrilling performance. I hope you’ll be able to come and listen to this magnificent work!
Remember: the recital starts at 4:15 p.m., I’ll join Grant a little later, and the performance will be done by 5 p.m. You’re welcome to stay for the Evensong service, but Grant and I will not be participating in it.