Two trumpets, no waiting
|By Lawrence Cosentino|
LSO goes for both ears with double concerto
The prospect of deploying two top trumpeters on the Wharton Center stage for a freshly minted double concerto with the Lansing Symphony has usually unflappable maestro Timothy Muffitt chewing his baton with glee.
“I can’t wait,” Muffitt said.
It’s part of Muffitt’s job to talk up every concert, but in three years of pre-concert chats, he has never sounded so jazzed.
By contrast, Richardson said, the challenge of the Paulus concerto is not so much technical as “conceptual.”
“You have to work on intertwining the two voices of the soloists and getting into the texture of the orchestra, the concept of the piece,” Richardson said. “I don’t think he wrote it to punish the trumpet players.”
As the concerto unfolds, the solo trumpet lines part and merge against the orchestral backdrop, like threads in a big tapestry.
“You have to be an impeccable concert trumpet player, but also have that ability to open up and be bigger than life when it’s called for,” Muffitt said.
Richardson’s love for jazz (a secret in high school) led to a gig with jazz legend Joe Henderson in the last year of Henderson’s career. Richardson comes to Michigan often to play with the Brass Band of Battle Creek, a supergroup of top American and Canadian brass players, along with the Lansing Symphony’s Rich Illman.
Muffitt said the interplay between the soloists is more of a dialogue than a battle. Richardson is relieved. “I’ve done trumpet battles with Vince, and it’s always in fun, but I always seem to leave the stage badly bruised,” Richardson said.
Lansing Symphony Orchestra
Vincent DiMartino and Rex Richardson, trumpets 8 p.m. Friday, March 6 Wharton Center Cobb Great Hall $10-$43 (517) 487-5001