Father-son duo delivers dueling instruments, laughs

A competition of dueling instruments is the concept behind the father-son duo of Rich Ridenour on piano and Brandon Ridenour on trumpet.

The Ridenours will showcase their talents woven with comedy at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, with the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra at the Grand Junction High School auditorium, 1400 N. Fifth St.

“‘Trumpet Invasion’ features classical repertoire from Beethoven and Chopin, jazz standards from Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington and well-known hits like Elton John’s ‘Funeral for a Friend,’ and Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue,’” which were not originally written for the trumpet, according to a news release.

Brandon Ridenour, who has performed with his dad since he was 7 years old, plays trumpet with the Canadian Brass and is the youngest member ever to perform with that group, the news release said. He is a Juilliard graduate and won the International Trumpet Guild solo competition with his own composition.

Pianist Rich Ridenour has been a concert pianist for 25 years performing across the country and teaching piano at several renowned universities, the release said. The duo has recorded two CDs with many of the tracks arranged by Brandon Ridenour.

Tickets for the show are $15–$35 for adults and $10 for students and can be purchased at gjsymphony.org, by calling 243-6787 or at the symphony’s office in the Alpine Bank building, 225 N. Fifth St., Suite 120.

Detroit trumpeter Marcus Belgrave was originally scheduled to play a program with the symphony on this date, but Belgrave cancelled because of health concerns, according to the symphony.


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