January 29, 2010

Photos from Tyzik Timpani Concerto

Last night, the RPO performed the world premiere of Jeff Tyzik's Timpani Concerto, with Christopher Seaman conducting and Principal Timpanist Charles Ross as soloist. Here are some photos from the concert.

The second movement featured an unusual duet between Charles on timpani and Kenny Grant on clarinet. I love Charles' expression in the second photo below - just after he had played the last notes of the concerto.

During the audience's standing ovation, Jeff Tyzik joined Christopher and Charles on stage.

After that, another set of timpani were wheeled onstage, and Charles announced that he was going to play "March for 2 Pairs of Kettledrums" by Andre and Jaques Philidor, written in 1683 for King Louis XIV. He then asked if there was another kettledrum player in the house, and Christopher joined him in a duet.

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