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A former member of the American Brass Quintet, Gekker offers a spectacular concert of works for trumpet and piano by Eric Ewazen and David Snow.

Chris Gekker is Professor of Trumpet at the University of Maryland. As a soloist he has been featured at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe. For 18 years Chris was a member of the American Brass Quintet. He was principal trumpet of the Orchestra of St. Luke's and frequently performed and recorded as principal of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. He writes: "Eric Ewazen, David Snow, and I all entered the Eastman School of Music as freshmen in 1972, and in fact David and I were roommates that first year. We all became friends quickly, and I frequently prepared and performed their music during those student years. In the more than 30 years since then, rarely has a year gone by that I have not been involved in their works, and in some years there have been many performances. When I joined the American Brass Quintet in 1981, it was with great pleasure that I introduced pieces by David and Eric to the group, works that immediately became standards on the Quintet's recital programs and recordings. As far as our friendships have gone, well, some things do get better with age, and it is with a deep sense of gratitude that I look back upon all our years as colleagues. Both Eric and David write music that is important to me, music that I hear when I am away from my instrument, music that continues to challenge me to strive for improvement as a musician and trumpet player". David Snow holds degrees in music from Eastman and Yale University. He studied with Joseph Schwantner, Warren Benson, Samuel Adler, and Jacob Druckman. Eric Ewazen was born in 1954 in Cleveland, Ohio. He studied at Eastman and Juilliard. He has been Vice-President of the League-ISCM, Composer-in-Residence with the St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble. Lecturer for the New York Philharmonic's Musical Encounters Series, and he has been on the faculty of the Juilliard School since 1980.
Contents:
Eric Ewazen, composer
Three Lyrics for Trumpet and Piano
Chris Gekker, trumpet, Ted Guerrant, piano

David Snow, composer
Winter
Chris Gekker, trumpet, Rita Sloan, piano

Eric Ewazen, composer
Elegia
Chris Gekker, trumpet, Ted Guerrant, piano

Eric Ewazen, composer
An Elizabethan Songbook
Chris Gekker, trumpet, Milt Stevens, trombone, Rita Sloan, piano

David Snow, composer
A Baker's Tale
Chris Gekker, trumpet, Ted Guerrant, piano

Eric Ewazen, composer
Aftershock
Chris Gekker, trumpet, Ted Guerrant, piano

Eric Ewazen, composer
A Hymn for the Lost and the Living
Chris Gekker, trumpet, Ted Guerrant, piano

Review:
"I cannot think of another trumpet player I'd rather listen to than Gekker, and he's at his sweet, velvet-toned best in these pieces." (American Record Guide)

"Gekker's warm sound and fluid playing is present throughout, and his singing style is perfect for the recording. ...This is as good as it gets." (International Horn Guild)
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