Trumpet Call

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Associate Principal Trumpet Tom Drake, in answer to a request for his “hot picks” for 1516, informed me that this a very “trumpet interesting” season coming up at Powell Hall. He suggested I poll the trumpet section. So I did.

Karin Bliznik opens Mahler's Symphony No. 5 with her trumpet solo, a highlight of this "trumpet interesting" season.
Karin Bliznik opens Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 with her trumpet solo, a highlight of this “trumpet interesting” season.

1) Mahler 5. Unanimous. (Principal Karin Bliznik, Associate Tom Drake, Jeffrey Strong, who joins the section in 1516, and Mike Walk). The Symphony opens with Bliznik playing a transcendent solo.

2-Tie) Richard Strauss’ Don Quixote. Flutter-tonguing may enter your vocabulary.

2-Tie) The Planets. Jupiter the Bringer of Jollity. Sweet trumpet dreams were made of these.

Other top picks among the section: Selections from Prokofiev’s Cinderella & Romeo & Juliet, and his Symphony No. 3; Selections from Wagner’s Parsifal; Gershwin’s An American in Paris; Messiaen’s From the Canyons to the Stars; Mahler 4; and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, orchestrated by Ravel.