Music Scene: ‘Ridenour on Flugalhorn’ and other concerts, shows for Feb. 17–23
A virtuoso trumpet player will perform twice with the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra during upcoming concerts titled “Ridenour on Flugalhorn.”
Those concerts will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, at Avalon Theatre, 645 Main St.
Ridenour will perform Mozart’s “Flute Concerto No. 2” arranged for the flugelhorn, which is “a brass instrument pitched in B-flat and resembles a trumpet, but has a wider, conical bore,” according to a news release from the symphony. “The instrument known today as the flugelhorn was developed from the valved bugle and is a member of the saxhorn family.”
Ridenour comes to Grand Junction with a long list of accomplishments. At age 20, Ridenour was the youngest member to join the iconic Canadian Brass, the news release said.
He was with the group for seven years, and “he performed in distinguished venues around the world, performed on television, recorded 10 albums, and received three Juno Award nominations,” the symphony’s news release said.
Ridenour is a winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition and “has combined his wide-ranging activities as a soloist and chamber musician with his passion for composing and arranging, resulting in his distinctive artistic voice and vision.”
Ridenour began studying piano at the age of 5 with his father, pianist/conductor Rich Ridenour. He is a graduate of The Juilliard School and an alumnus of Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble ACJW. Ridenour and his father performed their Trumpet Invasion concert with the Grand Junction symphony in October 2012.
Also on the program for the “Ridenour on Flugelhorn” concerts is Emmanuel Chabrier’s “Joyeuse marche” and Dmitri Shostakovich’s “The Gadfly Suite.”
Tickets for each concert range in cost from $5–$40 and can be purchased at the symphony’s office, 414 Main St., by calling 243-6787 or at gjso.org.