The James String Quartet
On Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 3 pm, The Bower Center for the Arts and Amherst Glebe Arts Response (AGAR) will present an exciting program by James String Quartet, ranging from 19th century classical string quartets to the premiere of a new work featuring jazz trumpet. The concert will take place at Bower Center for the Arts, 305 North Bridge Street in Bedford.
Featured in the concert is the world premiere of the entire piece "Passages" by Larry Andrew Williams, a living composer from California. “Passages” is a work for jazz trumpet and string quartet, one section of which reumpet soloist Chris Magee and the James String Quartet played in their Bedford concert last May. The Bower’s Sara Braaten was impressed by the piece, and asked that the group perform the entire work this fall, a request they are now happy to fulfill! The quartet will also play Ludwig Beethoven's Op. 95 "Serioso," Astor Piazzola's "Oblivion," and Tchaikovsky's "D Major String Quartet"
Musicians in the James String Quartet are Christi Salisbury, Concertmistress and Violin I. Joseph Nigro, Artistic Director and violin II, Domenico Luca Trombetta, viola, and David Feldman, cello. In addition to their concerts, the James String Quartet are section leaders of the James Chamber Players, and are artists in residence at Lynchburg College. Trumpeter Chris Magee is a popular jazz musician and is a Lynchburg College professor who lives in Bedford.
The concert is partially funded by grants from National Endowment for the Arts/Art Works, by Virginia Commission for the Arts and by Greater Lynchburg Community Trust.
More information follows about Trumpeter Chris Magee and Composer Larry Andrew Williams.
CHRIS MAGEE/Solo Trumpet/ Passages
Chris Magee (Guest Artist, Trumpet) has played lead trumpet for such artists as Wayne Newton, The Temptations, TheFour Tops and the O’Jays, and he was staff trumpeter and arranger at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Chris is a native of Harrisonburg, Virginia and resides in Bedford. He received the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from James Madison University and the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the University of Iowa.brass methods. He teaches music at Lynchburg College where he directs the Jazz Ensemble and teaches trumpet, Music Appreciation and courses in world music, music appreciation, conducting and brass methods. Previously, he was Assistant Professor of Music at Northeast Lakeview College in Universal City, Texas, and directed the jazz ensemble at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.
Larry Andrew Williams / Passages
Larry Andrew Williams is a trumpeter, composer, arranger, bandleader, born in Highland Falls, NY Feb 7, 1955 in the West Point Academy Hospital, and was brought up in his earliest years by his Chinese-born mother, while his father finished a stint in the Army in Greenland. Larry began playing the trumpet at eight years old, taking lessons from his father, later in high school. His first gig was with the orchestra for the play, "Anything Goes" at Rollins College 1971, when he was only 15. Larry became the youngest Musicians’ Union member at that time. Later that year he performed in the 1076-piece marching band for the grand opening of the Disney Magic Kingdom theme park. A completely self-taught composer and arranger, Larry's passion for composition began to develop after he enlisted in a US Army Band, while he was stationed in Germany in the mid- to late- 1970s. He returned to the USA, working for the Walt Disney Co. at various stints from 1985 to 1992. He formed the Rhythm Method band with Mark Piszczek and Christopher Cortez, and played at the Kool Jazz Festival 1986, then at the Orlando Jazz Fest 1987 with his own group, the Leading Brand. Larry has resided in Los Angeles, CA since 1999, is now married to sweetheart Eileina Dennis (whom he met in Rome, Italy at a McDonald's).
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