“The Music of Robert Chamberlin”- 4/7/13

Robert ChamberlinRobert Chamberlin, director of Music Theory at Webster University, will present a concert of his original compositions at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 7, at Christ Church Cathedral, 1210 Locust St., St. Louis, Mo., 63103.  The program is a part of the Shepley Concert Series and is a collection of recent and not-so-recent compositions, including four premier performances. All but one of the pieces are original works.

Included in the program is Chamberlin's arrangement of the fourth movement of Charles Marie Widor's “Symphony No. 5 for Organ.” The original works include: “Fanfare” (2005); “and the rhyming and the chiming” (2013); “Spirit of the Child” (1999); Bouillabaise (1991); “Chant” (1997); “Sam's Song” (2013); “The Sower” (2005); “Prologue, Processional, Passacaglia and Piobaireachd” (2013); “Elegy” (1981); “Lullaby” (1994); “Day of Atonement” (1974); and three hymn tune interpretations.

Performers include: Clarion Brass; Lauree Palmer, Great Highland Bagpipes; Alison Rolf, violin; Tony Morales, violin; Joseph Gutowski, viola; Ken Kulosa, cello; Troy Morris, double bass; Jeanine York-Garesche, clarinet; William Wade, organ; Stephen Eros, organ; Pat Partridge, organ; Jerry Young, tuba; Robert Chamberlin, piano; Paul DeMarinis, soprano saxophone; Paula Bernhardt, flute; Webster University Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, Trent Patterson, director; Webster University Percussion Ensemble, Erin Elstner, director; A Class Act; and The Impromptu Ringers.

Chamberlin, professor of Music Theory and Composition at Webster, earned degrees in theory and composition from St. Olaf College and Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and completed additional studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His compositions include works for orchestra, wind ensemble, chamber ensembles, organ, chorus, dance, and theatrical productions. He has received commissions from the Webster University Symphony Orchestra, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Mid America Dance Company, Tapsichore, Metro Theatre Company and the Band of Mid-America at Scott Air Force Base.  

Dr. Jerry A. Young is professor emeritus of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Wisconsin-EauClaire and has been a member of the music faculty since 1983. Dr. Young served on the faculty of the Interlochen Arts Camp from 1983 to 1993 where he founded the Interlochen Tubafest and performed regularly as a soloist and chamber musician. On July 1, 2013 he will begin a two-year term as President of the International Tuba/Euphonium Association. Dr. Young has appeared across the U.S., Europe, and Japan as a soloist, chamber musician, clinician, lecturer, and adjudicator. He was selected as the 1999 Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Arkansas Department of Music and is a Fellow of the Fulbright Academy of the University of Arkansas.

Founded in 1994, Clarion Brass is an ensemble of five talented professionals that entertain audiences throughout the area with their charismatic performances and innovative music. The group has been a featured artist with local symphonies, concert series, musical festivals and numerous other special events. In addition, Clarion Brass is known for their own popular holiday concerts and patriotic performances, as well as adding a special musical touch to wedding receptions, corporate events and children's programs. Clarion Brass is headed by Mary Weber who, along with Jason Harris, performs on trumpet. Other members of the group include: Steve Hanrahan on French horn; George Manning, tenor trombone; Wayne Coniglio, bass trombone and string bass; and Alan Shilling, percussion. The group records on the Eye-full Tower record label. 

Christ Church Cathedral is located at 13th and Locust in downtown St. Louis. Parking is available south of the Cathedral and at US Bank lots to the south and east. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 968-7032, or the Fine Arts Hotline at 968-7128.

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