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Masterclass: Achilles Liarmakopoulos, trombone


Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall
50 Oak Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
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With an international reputation as one of the most popular brass ensembles today, SFCM welcomes Opus 3 Artist Canadian Brass for a residency, culminating in this side-by-side performance with SFCM brass students. The residency will also feature the acclaimed ensemble working with students in masterclasses and professional development seminars during their week-long visit. The full residency includes:
February 20 - Brass Chamber Music Masterclass
February 21 - "Fearless Performance" Seminar
February 22 - Trombone Masterclass
February 23 - Trumpet Masterclass
February 23 - Side-by-Side Concert


Margaret Halbig, piano


Ferdinand David: Concertino for Trombone in E-flat Major, Op. 4
     II. Marcia funèbre (Andante)
     III. Allegro
Neil Advant, trombone
Margaret Halbig, piano

Gustav Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
     I. Wenn mein Schatz Hochzeit macht
     II. Ging heut’ Morgen über’s Feld
     III. Ich hab’ ein glühend Messer
     IV. Die zwei blauen Augen von meinem Schatz
Reece MacDonald, trombone
Margaret Halbig, piano

Nino Rota: Concerto per Trombone e Orchestra in C
     I. Allegro giusto
     II. Lento, ben ritmato
     III. Allegro moderato
Carlos Reyes, trombone
Margaret Halbig, piano

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Flute Sonata in A Minor, H. 562
     I. Poco adagio
     III. Allegro
Shane Stewart, bass trombone

About Achilles Liarmakopoulos

Definitely not Canadian (yet!) Achilles Liarmakopoulos is the historian of Canadian Brass. He can recite every piece recorded by Canadian Brass, when it was recorded, and its differences and similarities to repeated recordings of the same work. The Greek Freak of trombone has three prestigious classical music degrees but spends his spare time investigating, performing, and filming Latin music. Recently he mentioned to his Brass colleagues that they should watch a televised Pink Martini performance at Madison Square Garden – and there was Achilles’ soloing on the gigantic jumbotron!

About SFCM’s Brass Department

Made up of principal brass chairs of the San Francisco Symphony, as well as principal players of the San Francisco Opera and Ballet orchestras, and a close-knit student body, SFCM’s Brass Department challenges and inspires the next generation of great players.

Studio sizes are kept small to ensure students receive the mentorship and performance opportunities they need, and a yearly side-by-side reading of major brass repertoire with faculty members provides insight into the finer points of orchestral brass performance.


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