High Impact

Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 7:30 PM

Join us as the Folsom Lake Symphony and Peter Jaffe, Music Director and Conductor, take the stage for the 2019-2020 season!

From Brubeck to Rachmaninoff, the opening night of our new season is sure to excite, captivate, and inspire! We welcome Grammy-nominated composer Chris Brubeck to the stage, backed by the Folsom Lake Symphony, in a performance of his highly acclaimed Concerto for Bass Trombone and Orchestra.  In addition, with a profound nod to the creative mastery of the Brubeck family, we also present one of Dave Brubeck’s most frequently featured and recorded pieces, Unsquare Dance, arranged by Chris Brubeck.

Completing the evening, the symphony will perform Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 in E minor Opus 27, one of this classical master’s best-known compositions. This lush and romantic symphony is full of raw, powerful emotions that certainly fits the “High Impact” concert theme.

Grammy-nominated composer Chris Brubeck continues to distinguish himself as a multi-faceted performer and creative force. An award-winning writer, the respected music critic for The Chicago Tribune, John von Rhein, calls Chris “a composer with a real flair for lyrical melody–a 21st Century Lenny Bernstein.”

Chris Brubeck

Chris’s highly acclaimed “Concerto for Bass Trombone and Orchestra” has been played by many of the top bass trombonists in the world and was recorded with Chris as soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra. It can be heard on the Koch International Classics recording “Bach to Brubeck.”  He then wrote a second trombone concerto, “The Prague Concerto” which he premiered and recorded with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra on the Koch cd, “Convergence.” Reviewing that disc, Fanfare Magazine wrote “Brubeck’s skill both as composer and soloist is extraordinary.”  April 2009 saw the premiere of “Ansel Adams: America,” an exciting orchestral piece written by Chris and Dave Brubeck.  Commissioned by a consortium of eight orchestras, it was accompanied by 100 of Ansel Adams’ majestic images projected above the orchestra.  In 2013, “Ansel Adams: America” was nominated for a Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition.

A much sought-after composer, Chris’ latest work, a double concerto for Jaime Laredo and Sharon Robinson, premiered in August 2018 at the Classical Tahoe Festival.  His last commission, “No Borders,” written for the famed Canadian Brass, premiered with the Lexington Philharmonic in November 2017, and has been broadcast on NPR’s Performance Today. He has been commissioned to write many innovative orchestral concertos for a variety of artists, including celebrated guitarist Sharon Isbin, Time for Three, Nick Kendall, Muir String Quartet and commissions from The Boston Pops, Baltimore Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Colorado Music Festival in Boulder, Indianapolis Symphony, Portland Symphony, Oakland East Bay Symphony, and many others.

As a member of the Dave Brubeck Quartet for 16 years, Chris was often a featured performer playing at all the great jazz festivals around the world. Today, a member of both the Brubeck Brothers Quartet and Triple Play, he also finds time to collaborate with symphony orchestras. The Brubeck Brothers Quartet continues to tour and has released five CDs, all of which have hit the top of jazz radio charts.  This lush and romantic symphony is full of raw, powerful emotion that certainly fits our “High Impact” concert theme.