Martin Majkut Music Director

Masterworks 4

2016-2017 Season Sponsor
Jim Collier

February 24, 25, 26

MW 4 Dan K

“A confident panache born of natural virtuosity…” In the Limelight

Program

Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3

Vasilenko: Concerto Poem
Dan Kocurek, trumpet

Piazolla, arr. Milone: Libertango
Dan Kocurek, trumpet

Brahms: Symphony No. 4

Masterworks Series Ashland performances
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Masterworks Series Medford performances
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Soloist Sponsored by Robin & Jane Blomquist

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Program Notes

Dan Kocurek

Canadian-American trumpeter Dan Kocurek has worked extensively as a soloist, chamber musician, studio musician, and clinician and is a vocal proponent of expanding the musical possibilities of his instrument.

As lead trumpet in the world-renowned Dallas Brass, he helped bring music to people of all ages. He has performed throughout North America, in front of audiences numbering from ten to over 10,000. His travels have led to performances with Jens Lindemann, Mark Gould, Ryan Anthony, Marty Hackleman, Alain Trudel, Nancy DiNovo and Bobby Shew, among many others.

Dan has been in demand as a featured soloist on many programs ranging from baroque trumpet masterpieces to transcriptions of cello works on his custom 4-valve Flugelhorn. These include multiple appearances with the University of British Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and Chamber Strings, as well as the Vancouver Bach Choir, the Pro Nova Ensemble, the West Coast Symphony and the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra.

Dan is also establishing himself as an international touring concert soloist in tandem with his wife Christine Eggert on piano. As Les Deux, they have been called a “musical powerhouse” whose programs have been hailed as being “musically provocative, presented with charm and a deliciously human touch”.

Dan received his formal classical training under the tutelage of Brian McWhorter, Larry Knopp, and Martin Berinbaum and has been the recipient of a number of prizes in both classical and jazz idioms, notably tuition scholarships at the Manhattan School of Music and the Chicago Conservatory of Performing Arts.

Visit Dan Kocurek’s Website


Listen to Piazzolla’s Libertango below:

Listen to Vasilenko’s Concerto Poem for Trumpet below:

“Conductor’s Corner” featuring Music Director Martin Majkut