Fitzgerald and Bilger to perform trumpet recital

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State School of Music faculty member Langston Fitzgerald III will appear in recital with guest artist David Bilger, principal trumpet of the Philadelphia Orchestra, at 8 p.m. Sept. 12, in the school's Esber Recital Hall on the University Park campus. The two performers are assisted by Kathy Gattuso Cinatl, piano; Anthony Leach, organ; and members of the Penn State Trumpet Ensemble. Admission is free.

Bilger will present a masterclass from 4:45 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11 that is open to the public. The masterclass will be given in Esber Recital Hall.


Concerto per due trombe, archi e basso continuo ♦ Petronio Franceschini

Prelude and Fugue for Trumpet Choir ♦ Eric Ewazen

Sonata for Trumpet and Piano ♦ Eric Ewazen

Sonate für Trompete und Klavier ♦ Karl Pilss

Canzon ♦ Samuel Scheidt

Arabesque ♦ Joseph Turrin

Hailed by the New York Times for his playing of “easy brilliance” and by the Washington Post for his “engaging legato touch,” David Bilger has held the position of principal trumpet of The Philadelphia Orchestra since 1995. Prior to joining the orchestra, he held the same position with the Dallas Symphony.

As a soloist, Bilger has appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Oakland Symphony, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Virtuosi of New York, and others. His solo appearances with The Philadelphia Orchestra include 2013 performances of Hummel’s Trumpet Concerto, a 2008 US Premiere of Herbert Willi’s “Eirene” for trumpet and orchestra as well as performances of the Tomasi Trumpet Concerto at Carnegie Hall, and on tour in North and South America in 1998; Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto in February 2003; Copland’s Quiet City in October 2004; and Bloch’s Proclamation in 2006. Mr. Bilger has performed recitals in New York, Washington, D.C., Cleveland, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and other major American cities.

Bilger has appeared with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, with which he recorded Bach’s second Brandenburg concerto. Other chamber music appearances include Chamber Music Northwest, the New York Trumpet Ensemble, Saint Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, as well as guest appearances with the Canadian Brass and the Empire Brass. He released a recording of new electro-acoustic music for trumpet and synthesizers with composer Meg Bowles.

He is currently on the music faculties of the University of Georgia’s Hugh Hodgson School of Music, the Curtis Institute of Music, and Temple University. Formerly, he was affiliated with Swarthmore College, Catholic University, Rice University, and the University of North Texas. He has performed masterclasses at dozens of institutions, including the Juilliard School of Music, Indiana University, the University of Michigan, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Peabody Conservatory. He has also taught at the Pacific Music Festival and the National Orchestral Institute most recently at the Aspen Music Festival and School.

Bilger holds a master of music degree from the Juilliard School of Music and a bachelor of music degree from the University of Illinois.



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Last Updated September 11, 2013