February 3, 2016

From the Stage: RPO Principal Trumpet Douglas Prosser

We caught up with RPO Principal Trumpet Douglas Prosser (The Elaine P. Wilson Chair) to discuss his upcoming solo performances on the next Sunday Matinee Series concert at Hochstein Performance Hall on February 28 at 2 PM. Prosser and guest soprano Lianne Coble will be featured on a program that includes works by Handel, Bach, and Scarlatti. Of the five pieces planned for this concert, three of them (including Bach’s Cantata No. 51) are RPO first performances! RPO program annotator Don Anderson wrote this of Cantata No. 51: “It is a sacred piece, intended for performance on the 15th Sunday after Trinity. Both the soprano soloist and the orchestra’s trumpet player are called upon to perform great feats of virtuosity.”

Douglas Prosser, trumpet
The Elaine P. Wilson Chair
Douglass Prosser
“I'm really looking forward to revisiting these three diverse works by Scarlatti, Handel, and Bach, composers whose genius and vision helped propel the trumpet into what is now commonly referred to as its Golden Age. While still grounded in heroic signaling traditions, these works feature fanfares whose soaring lines suddenly morph into beautiful vocal styles; the domesticated trumpeter now merges and dovetails seamlessly with all the expression of the soprano voice.

Bach’s Cantata No. 51 in particular will be a nice opportunity to showcase the piccolo trumpet, whose sound captured my imagination at age 14, listening to the brilliant recordings of the famous French trumpeter Maurice AndrĂ©. I count his playing, as do many others for sure, as the inspiration for countless thousands of hours in the practice room as a young trumpeter!”

If you go:
Royal Fireworks Music
Sunday February 28 at 2 PM
Hochstein Performance Hall
Tickets are $25
Visit rpo.org for more details

A sample of Bach's Cantata No. 51

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