Trombonist David Whitwell to Perform at The University of Scranton March 24
Performance Music at The University of Scranton will present a recital by trombonist David Whitwell on Friday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m. at the Houlihan-McLean Center, Mulberry Street and Jefferson Avenue. Admission is free, and open to the public. Seating is available on a first-come, first-seated basis. Whitwell will be accompanied on piano and organ by Carl Bolleia.
Whitwell has dedicated his career to music and to expanding the public perception of the trombone. He is principal trombonist of Ensemble Moto Perpetuo, New York Trombone Consort, Underground Brass, Curiosity Cabinet Ensemble, duo seXny (Sweden), the Xenophobia quartet (Germany) Eco Music Big Band, the Garden State Philharmonic and the Chappaqua Symphony. He has performed with the Britten-Pears Contemporary Ensemble, the SEM Ensemble, the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, at the Ojai festival with Mark Morris Dance Group Music Ensemble, Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt, International Computer Music Conference, the International Electroacoustic Music Festival, the Festival of Contemporary Music in San Francisco, the Outreach Jazz Festival in Austria, the Aldeburgh Festival in the UK and the International Audio Art Music Festival in Berlin, among others.
As a soloist, Whitwell has premiered more than 50 new works for the trombone and been featured with The Budapest Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra I Pommeriggi Musicali in Milan, Ensemble Moto Perpetuo, the MIVOS string quartet, as the winner of the Eisenberg-Freid concerto competition with the MSM Philharmonia, the New York Trombone Consort, the Low Brass Connection in the Netherlands and as winner of the Brooklyn College wind concerto competition with the Brooklyn College Wind Ensemble, as well as in master classes he has given across the U.S. and Europe. Each year, Whitwell makes a solo tour of Europe, performing his own brand of narratively programmed recitals with organists, pianists and other instrumentalists and composers across Italy, Germany, Sweden, the United Kingdom and Ireland.
As a producer, Whitwell creates innovative narrative multimedia recitals. He has staged shows such as “Sounds after the Oil War”(Netherlands and Austria), “Fear Is a Liar”(New York) and “Howl,” featuring a performance of the Allan Ginsberg poem of the same title, as well as the first performance of the Brahms Clarinet trio with a trombone.
A student of bass trombonist Dave Taylor, Whitwell is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, and was named a Britten–Pears Young Artist in 2013–14.