Euphonium soloist Matthew Murchison.
The Eastern Utah Wind Symphony, a college-community concert band at Utah State University-College of Eastern Utah, will present a spring concert on Saturday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Price Civic Auditorium. Special guest soloist will be Matthew Murchison, principal solo euphonium with the River City Brass in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Gregory Benson, vice chancellor and associate professor at USU Eastern, will conduct the concert. This will be a return to Eastern Utah for Murchison, who previously appeared as soloist with the Wind Symphony in 2002.
The concert will open with March and Procession of Bacchus, a traditional and regal work drawn from a nineteenth-century ballet by French composer Leo Delibes. Next on the program will be As Summer Was Just Beginning, a musical tribute to the late actor James Dean. Composer Larry Daehn utilizes two melodies in this piece, the first loosely based on a British Isles folksong, "The Winter it is past, and the Summer's here at last," and the second reflective of the sudden and tragic end to actor Dean's life.
The middle section of the concert will feature two works performed by euphonium soloist Matthew Murchison. The first, Moonfall, is a modern composition by Murchison that was premiered by the United States Army Band "Pershing's Own" in 2009. In describing Moonfall, Murchison states, "While looking at the moon one night I began to think of moonlight as liquid, and wondered what it would sound like if it could fall like rain." Murchison will also perform Crandall Canyon, a work by Daniel Thrower that was commissioned and premiered by the Eastern Utah Wind Symphony in the months following the 2007 Crandall Canyon mine disaster.
The Wind Symphony will continue with a delightful waltz-style piece by John Philip Sousa, I've Made My Plans for the Summer, featuring Carbon High School choral director Arthella Williams as vocal soloist. Murchison will return to the stage to perform Simone Mantia's virtuosic theme-and-variations setting of All Those Endearing Young Charms. To conclude the concert, the Wind Symphony will present a rousing march version of a popular song from the early 1900s, The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise.
Matthew Murchison holds degrees from the University of North Texas and Carnegie Mellon University and, in addition to his work with the River City Brass, is a music faculty member at Youngstown State University in Ohio and Washington and Jefferson College in Pennsylvania. He began performing as a guest soloist while in high school and has appeared as a soloist throughout the country with a variety of groups from brass bands to orchestras. Murchison has also performed with groups such as the Pittsburgh Symphony, Brass Band of Battle Creek, and the Dallas Wind Symphony.
He has most recently been a guest artist/clinician at the International Tuba/Euphonium Conference, US Army Band Tuba/Euphonium Conference, and Northeast Regional Tuba/Euphonium Conference, as well as numerous schools across the country. He has been a Yamaha Young Performing Artist, a semifinalist for the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, and winner of the Tuesday Musical Club scholarship and the Pittsburgh Concert Society competition. Murchison's other competition successes include winning both the Artist and Student Divisions of the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium Competition, as well as the International Tuba/Euphonium Conference Young Artist Competition. He performs exclusively on the Jupiter XO euphonium.
The concert is offered to the community by USU Eastern and Price City Culture Connection. Admission is free.