On April 6, the Southeastern Wind Symphony will perform at the Columbia theater in downtown Hammond from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The concert will feature professional tuba player, Øystein Baadsvik.
The Southeastern Wind Symphony has invited Baadsvik as a special guest for their annual concert where they will play some of Baadsvik’s concertos as well as feature Southeastern faculty and students.
Baadsvik will visit Southeastern from April 4th to the 6th. He will be rehearsing with the band as well as giving a master class for all music majors.
Baadsvik is a professional solo tuba player from Norway. He began playing tuba at the age of 15 and won first prize at age 18 in a Norwegian national competition for soloists. Baadsvik made a career exclusively as a soloist rather than being a member of an ensemble.
The Marshall University Music Department writes that Baadsvik “studied under the celebrated tuba player Harvey Phillips, Distinguished Professor emeritus, Department of Music, Indiana University and with the legendary Arnold Jacobs, who had a forty-year career and position of Principal Tuba with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.”
Baadsvik has performed in some very famous venues including Carnegie Hall in New York. He has premiered about 40 solo works from composers all over the world.
Baadsvik has also written and arranged many pieces. The band will play Tuba Concerto for wind orchestra and Fnugg Blue, which were written by Baadsvik. They will also play Gabriel’s Oboe, which was arranged by Baadsvik. Baadsvik will be playing solo tuba for all three of his pieces.
Jordan Bergeron, piccolo player for the Southeastern Wind Symphony and music education major, states, “I am very excited. He is supposedly the world’s best tuba player, and his music is super fun to play.”
Along with the three pieces that the band will be playing with Baadsvik, they will also be playing with two faculty members. The band will be playing Rhapsody in Blue with piano professor Dr. Henry Jones as a guest soloist and Concertpiece with trumpet professor Dr. Logan place also as a guest soloist.
Two Southeastern students will also perform as soloists. Robert Malbrough, principle clarinet in the Southeastern Wind Symphony and music performance major, and Lindsey Poret, music education major, are performing a duet along with the wind symphony entitled Concerto for Two Clarinets in Eb Major. They are the winners of the annual Kappa Kappa Psi Concerto Competition.
The concert will be directed by Interim Director of Bands Derek Stoughton. Graduate music education students Matt Soukup and Tara Hymel will each conduct a piece as guest conductors.