Dalton State College will present a free guest recital featuring trombone, euphonium and piano on Monday at 7:30 p.m. in Goodroe Auditorium.
The free concert features Anthony Avitollo on tenor trombone and euphonium and Michael Carver on bass trombone, with Steven Wooddell on piano.
"I’m really looking forward to this concert,” said Dr. Ellie Jenkins, assistant professor of Music and coordinator of Dalton State’s Concerts on Campus series. “This is a great opportunity to hear two wonderful professional trombonists who live in our own area. Usually we only get to hear them performing in large ensembles, but this recital puts their individual solo skills on display. That is unusual, especially for a brass trombonist.”
Mr. Avitollo has been teaching privately for 14 years and has served as adjunct faculty of low brass at Shorter University in Rome. An active performer of both trombone and euphonium, he is currently principal trombone of the Rome Symphony and also performs with The Chattanooga Symphony, The Northwest Georgia Winds, The Clock Tower Jazz Ensemble, and The Chamber Players of the South. In addition, he is a featured soloist with the Cuyahoga Valley Brass Band on their CD, Around the World.
Mr. Carver has served as the bass trombonist with the Chattanooga Symphony since 1995. In addition to Chattanooga, he has also performed with the Evansville, Huntsville, and Tuscaloosa symphonies. As a freelance musician, he has played with such diverse artists as The Indigo Girls, Randy Newman, The Moody Blues, The Four Tops, Michael McDonald, Bernadette Peters, Doc Severinsen, and others.
Among the pieces to be performed are Pavane, op. 50 by Gabriel Faure which has been used in many motion picture scores, television, and video game soundtracks. Paul Hindemith’s Drei Leichte Stucke was written originally for cello and piano and is often an audition piece for major orchestras. Mr. Hindemith served as a professor at Yale University while in exile from his home in Switzerland.
Worlds Apart by contemporary composer Frank Gulino is the only piece in the program written expressly for bass trombone, exploring the melodic possibilities of the instrument. The concert will conclude with Carnival of Venice which Mr. Jenkins describes as a “tour de force of technical virtuoisity” that is considered a test piece by brass players around the world.
All are invited; seating is first-come, first-served.