The Chicago Chamber Musicians (CCM) will feature CCM ensemble trumpeters Barbara Butler and Charles Geyer along with guest artists She-e Wu, vibraphone and Rachael Kerr, piano, on a May 5 Free First Monday Series in Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center. The program will include works by Stacy Garrop (b. 1969) David Sampson (b. 1951), and Brian Prechtl.
For 27 years, CCM has partnered with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events to produce these popular monthly lunch-hour concerts at the Chicago Cultural Center’s Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington Street.
Trumpet virtuosi Barbara Butler and Charles Geyer, with Rachael Kerr on piano, will be featured for Stacy Garrop’s Trumpets of Jericho, a work they premiered last February. Garrop describes the work as portraying the biblical event described in the book of Deuteronomy, where the Isrealites circle the walls of Jericho seven times before the walls miraculously fall, allowing them entry to take over the city. In this work, trumpeters articulate the exercise culminating in a final blast symbolizing the final blast bringing down the great wall.
David Sampson’s Three Sides for Trumpet, Vibraphone and Piano (2009) will feature Barbara Butler trumpet, She-e Wu, vibraphone and Rachael Kerr, piano. Composer-in-Residence for the Colonial Symphony Orchestra (1998-2007), Sampson received a 2006 fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
Charles Geyer will narrate Brian Prechtl’s Lucky to be Born, which also calls for trumpet and vibraphone. The work received its world premiere at the Grand Teton Music Festival on August 10, 2010. Prechtl has been a percussionist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra since 2003. Before joining the BSO, he was a member of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic in Fort Wayne, Indiana for 14 seasons. As a composer, Mr. Prechtl has had world premiere performances at the Grand Teton Music Festival, at the Eastman School of Music and in Baltimore.
The program begin at 12:15 p.m. and is also broadcast live on Chicago’s 98.7 WFMT. For more information, call 312-819-5800 or visit www.chicagochambermusic.org.
Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts
Virtuoso trumpeters Charles Geyer and Barbara Butler will join CCM for a Free First Mondays concert featuring the work of Stacy Garrup, David Sampson and Brian Prechtl.