January 28, 2010

Jeff Tyzik's Timpani Concerto Debuts Tonight

In just a few hours, we'll get to hear the world premiere of Jeff Tyzik's brand-new Timpani Concerto, featuring the RPO's Principal Timpanist Charles Ross. I was able to catch a bit of the rehearsal earlier today, with Christopher Seaman conducting, and I can't wait to hear the full piece!

It's not often that you get to see the timpani out in front of the orchestra, and Charles will be playing seven timpani. I may bring my binoculars, just to see how he choreographs playing so many drums at once!

It's also a fairly rare occurence to have the composer of the piece in the hall, providing feedback right at the rehearsal. But Jeff was there, fine tuning and adjusting the balance between the various instruments. We're really lucky, both to have Jeff as a resident composer as well as conductor, and to have Christopher directing, since he himself was a timpanist with the London Philharmonic.

If you miss tonight's performance - you'll have another chance Saturday night at 8:00 pm, with Christopher hosting the Pre-Concert Chat at 7:00. Click here for more info.

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