LA SALLE - Music lovers from the Illinois Valley, along with area music students are invited and encouraged to attend the Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra’s next concert on Sunday, Nov. 3 at LaSalle Peru High School Matthiessen Memorial Auditorium. The concert, directed by IVSO music director and conductor Daniel Sommerville, will feature a brilliant trumpeter and member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, John Hagstrom playing Alexander Arutiunian’s Trumpet Concerto in A-flat Major.
The concert will also include Dvořák’s “New World Symphony” and “In Autumn” by Grieg. Admission is free for students K-12, and $5 for college students with a student ID.
Hagstrom, who has been a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1996, was previously principal trumpet of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra in Kansas and assistant professor of trumpet at Wichita State University. He graduated from the Eastman School of Music and spent six years in the U.S. Marine Band in Washington D.C., where he was principal trumpet for three years. He has also worked extensively with Yamaha to create several professional trumpet designs. Yamaha selected the Chicago Artist Model C Trumpet in 2006 to be their 10 millionth instrument ever produced.
In June of 2006, Hagstrom’s first solo CD was released. Other recordings featuring Hagstrom include his performance of the Bellini Oboe Concerto and the Sachse Concertino with the Chicago Brass Choir, and he can be heard as lead trumpet on Daniel Barenboim’s recording on the Teldec label titled “Tribute to Ellington.”
Admission is by season membership or individual ticket, available online at ivso.org or at the door. The auditorium is accessible.
The Illinois Valley Symphony Guild will hold an after-concert reception. Guild Ambassadors will greet concertgoers, who will have an opportunity to join the Guild (advocacy group). The role of ambassadors is to greet concertgoers, usher and host receptions. Both men and women are welcome to show their support by joining the IVSO Guild.
This concert is sponsored by Aziz and Wendy Asphahani. Season sponsors are Regional Radio and Ottawa Radio.