Tacoma Concert Band announces new season, new conductor

Master horn player Gail Williams will be featured when the band performs Richard Strauss’ “Horn Concerto no. 1.”. File photos

Following a highly successful tour of Scotland and Ireland with its retiring conductor Robert Musser, the Tacoma Concert Band will launch its 39th season with four exciting concerts under a new conductor Gerard Morris, director of bands and chair of winds and percussion at University of Puget Sound. Morris has been the recipient of many honors and awards for his teaching and his musical skills. He has taught and conducted throughout the United States and abroad, as well as performing internationally on the euphonium.

The band’s first concert under Maestro Morris, on Oct. 13, will feature world-renowned French horn virtuoso Gail Williams, performing Richard Strauss’ popular “Horn Concerto no. 1.” Williams, former associate principal horn with the Chicago Symphony, has taught and performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, as a soloist and with both major orchestras and chamber ensembles. She is currently on the faculty of Northwestern University. Also on the program will be Mussorgsky’s epic “Pictures at an Exhibition,” plus music by Edward Elgar and Richard Wagner. It will be a rousing start to what will be a season of wonderful music, performed by the Northwest’s premier concert band.

Modest Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” will be performed at Tacoma Concert Band’s first concert of the new season.

Mussorgsky’s 1874 masterpiece, “Pictures at an Exhibition,” is a musical tribute to an artist friend of the composer – Viktor Hartmann, who died at an early age. Mussorgsky wrote the piece as a musical depiction of a tour of a posthumous exhibition of Hartmann’s work. The work is a musical illustration of some of Hartmann’s paintings.

Please note: Due to the remodeling of the Pantages Theater, this concert will be performed at the Rialto Theater. The remainder of the season will be performed at the Pantages.

Don’t miss this exciting start to the TCB’s new season, and new era!

Who: Tacoma Concert Band, featuring French horn soloist Gail Williams.
What: “Pictures at an Exhibition,” the first concert of the TCB’s 2018-19 season.
When: Saturday evening, Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Rialto Theater, downtown Tacoma.
Tickets: From $18, discounts for students, seniors, and military personnel, available from the Broadway Center Box Office, 901 Broadway, (253) 591-5894, (800) 291-7593.
More Information: www.tacomaconcertband.org; www.broadwaycenter.org.

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