On Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 7:30 p.m. ET, watch the McGill Wind Orchestra perform live from Pollack Hall in Montreal with guest trombonist Peter Sullivan. Now principal trombone with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Sullivan has a long history with McGill and Montreal, having attended the school as a graduate student and later becoming principal trombone with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal. McGill Wind Orchestra conductor Alain Cazes, who has known Sullivan since his days as a student, recently praised him for his "unique musical taste and sensitivity" and the "extremely inspiring" sound he gets on his instrument.
Along with some more familiar works (listed in the full program below), the performance will also feature the premiere of a concerto by McGill doctoral student Jason Noble that was written specifically for Sullivan.
“The piece is titled Bîome and is modelled after a complex biological system that looks very different when viewed from different perspectives,” composer Noble told us. “Think of a tree, a microscopic zoom inside in its leaves, and a telescopic zoom out to the whole forest. The music moves through many different colours and textures, with the the soloist sometimes standing out clearly from the environment created by the ensemble and sometimes assimilating into it.”
- Gustav Holst: Suite No. 2 in F, Op. 28
- Ralph Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 8 in D Minor, Scherzo alla marcia (per stromenti a fiato)
- Igor Stravinsky: Suite No. 2 for chamber orchestra
- Ludwig Van Beethoven: March in F Major
- Paul Hindemith: Symphonia Serena, Geschwindmarsch by Beethoven
- Johann Sebastian Bach: Fantasia and Fugue in G Minor, BWV 542
- Jason Noble: Bîome, Concerto for Trombone (premiere)