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November 7, 2013

Concert Nov. 7 to feature ISU faculty member, new trombone concerto

Indiana State University music faculty member Randy Mitchell will perform at 7:30 p.m. today in Recital Hall of the Landini Center for Performing and Fine Arts at Seventh and Chestnut streets.

The free concert program will include Eric Ewazen’s new trombone concerto, “Songs of the Sun.” Ewazen composed his third Trombone Concerto in memory of one of Brazil’s greatest trombonists, Radagundis Feitosa, a former theory student of the composer. The work was inspired by the natural splendor and sizzling musical traditions of Brazil, with movement titles like Showers and Rainbows, and a Latin-dance feel underlying the exciting lyricism.

Also on the program are Rachmaninoff’s “Don’t Sing in my Presence Beauty” transcribed for alto trombone, and Evan Chambers’ “3 B’s.”

The second half of the recital will feature Jazzbo, the duo of Todd Gallagher on bass and Mitchell on trombone. They will play a variety of music featuring Indiana composers.

Mitchell will be accompanied by music faculty member Martha Krasnican on piano.

Mitchell is in his 24th year on the faculty of the School of Music at Indiana State. He performs as principle trombone of the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra and the Danville, Ill., Symphony Orchestra. A member of the ISU Faculty Brass Quintet, he is also an original member of The Ambassador Brass Quintet. He has performed and taught master classes in Germany, Austria, Thailand, Taiwan, Japan and China. As a freelance musician, he has performed for artists such as Vic Damone, Barbara Eden, Brenda Lee, Boots Randolph, Nancy Wilson, B.J. Thomas, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr., Marvin Hamlisch, Crystal Gale and Liza Minnelli among others. Mitchell is a 1974 alumnus of Indiana State and also holds degrees from the University of Louisville and the University of North Texas.

Krasnican is director of the accompanying program at Indiana State. She graduated with distinction from the Eastman School of Music. As a collaborative artist, she has worked with major performers across North America and Europe, including engagements with the Western Horn Symposium and several World Saxophone Congresses. She has performed as soloist in the Piano Concerto by Vincent Persichetti with the ISU Symphony under the direction of the composer. She has also performed as a soloist with the Terre Haute Symphony, premiering two piano concertos written for her by her husband, Daniel Powers. She frequently performs in a piano duo with Beverley Simms and both members of the piano/percussion ensemble Cramped Spaces.

Gallagher is active as a jazz and electric bassist, a chamber musician, and in musical theater. He has studied with David Murray, Donovan Stokes, Todd Coolman and Rufus Reid. He earned a bachelor of science degree in music and an M.M. degree in double bass performance from Indiana State University. A native of Illinois, he performs with the Danville Symphony, Champaign-Urbana Symphony, Danville Light Opera and is house bassist for the historic Fischer Theatre renovation project in Danville. Gallagher is also a registered nurse in geriatrics for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

For more information, contact the ISU School of Music at 812-237-2771.

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