June 8, 2009
Jack Gallagher's "Remembrance of Robin" will premier at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
WOOSTER, Ohio - "Remembrance of Robin," a new work by Jack Gallagher, the Kettering Professor of Music at The College of Wooster, will be premiered Tuesday, June 9, at 8 p.m. at Werner Recital Hall of the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. The 11-minute work, for trumpet and piano, will be performed by Robert Sullivan, Principal Trumpet of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and Julie Spangler, pianist.
"Remembrance of Robin" was commissioned by Sullivan in memory of his wife, an untimely victim of sarcoma. The program includes music of Bernstein, Copland, and premieres by Eric Ewazen, Joseph Turrin, and Gallagher. Admission is free but donations will be gratefully accepted and donated to the Sarcoma Foundation of America.
Sullivan was appointed Principal Trumpet of the Cincinnati Symphony beginning with the 2008-09 season. Previously he was Assistant Principal Trumpet with the Cleveland Orchestra and with the New York Philharmonic. His recital recordings on the Summit Records label include "Kaleidoscope" and "Treasures for Trumpet," the latter of which includes Gallagher's "Capriccio" for two trumpets.
Gallagher describes "Remembrance of Robin" as an elegiac work concerned with loss and healing. It is his second work to premiere this season. Last fall "Let Me Make Songs," commissioned by soprano Nancy Maria Balach, was premiered at The University of Mississippi with Wooster High School graduate John Schuesselin, presently Associate Professor of Trumpet at Ole Miss.
Gallagher, a member of Wooster's faculty since 1977, teaches composition, orchestration, music theory, and trumpet at Wooster. He has composed 45 works for orchestra, chorus, symphonic band, chamber ensembles, and solo instruments. His works are included on 12 compact discs on the Musical Heritage Society, Capstone, Vienna Modern Masters, Summit Records, Altissimo, Promuse, and ERM labels.
As a producer, Gallagher's recording for TNC Records of Messiaen's Oiseaux exotiques with pianist Angelin Chang, conductor John McLaughlin Williams, and the Cleveland Chamber Symphony won a 2006 Grammy Award in the classical category "Best Instrumental Soloist Performance with Orchestra."
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