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October 4, 2012
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Let's get down to brass tacks with the Grand Junction Symphony "Trumpet Invasion!"

The Grand Junction Symphony is set to host Canadian Brass trumpeter Brandon Ridenour and his concert pianist father, Rich Ridenour, for a special evening of "Trumpet Invasion!" Saturday, Oct. 6. You are probably asking yourself how one trumpet and one piano along with the GJ Symphony constitutes an invasion. It is not merely the number of trumpets or the brashness by which the instrument is played but rather that the trumpet has invaded world famous works not originally written for the instrument. So expect to hear well-known pieces by famous trumpeters like Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong but also be treated to arrangements (by the Ridenours) from Beethoven, Chopin and Gershwin.The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the GJHS auditorium and will kick-off with George Gershwin's spirited "Strike Up The Band," arranged by the symphony's own "resident" arranger Clark Gault. The evening continues with a fusion of classical pieces, jazz standards and some popular tunes all presented, rather comically at times, by a duo that only a father and son can share on stage.The Ridenours have been entertaining on stage together since Brandon was 7. Their first commercial recording collaboration, "Trumpet Invasion," was released in 2005 and gained national acclaim for the Ridenours as a duo. In 2006, at age 20, Brandon became the youngest member ever to join the prestigious Canadian Brass. Brandon is an extremely talented composer/arranger with many of his compositions being featured on Canadian Brass recordings and in concert. He has performed all over the world and most notably with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra and the Aspen Festival Orchestra. Rich has built a grand career performing concerts of classical masterworks, as well as American ragtime, jazz and rock 'n roll. Most recently Rich performed with the Detroit Symphony and in 2004 was a featured guest artist with the GJ Symphony. Many people may remember GJ Symphony Maestro Kirk Gustafson playing a "little piano" literally on stage that night eight years ago. Chances are Rich and Brandon may try to catch the maestro off guard again this coming Saturday night. But that will just be our little secret!If you are looking for a good way to ease into the classical music world, "Trumpet Invasion!" will be the perfect companion with a light-hearted, comedic evening of world class talent performing popular music and classical repertoire all here in the Grand Valley.Tickets are still available and can be purchased online at, by calling 243-6787 or visiting the Symphony office at 225 N. Fifth St., suite 120. Ticket prices range from $15-$35 for adults and only $10 for students with ID.

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