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Trumpeter featured in symphony concert

Staff Report

Symphony in the Valley presents its holiday concert, at 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Glenwood Springs High School auditorium. The concert will feature former Aspen trumpeter Lisa Verzella.

Verzella will perform Vincent Persichetti’s “The Hollow Men.”



“This is a rare piece,” Verzella explained, “because it’s not often a trumpet plays with a string orchestra. This piece shows the lyrical quality of the trumpet. Most people think of the trumpet with fanfare, sounds blaring, not as a pure melodic, quiet instrument.”

Verzella has been playing the trumpet since she was 8 in Rochester, N.Y. She pursued her love of the instrument to the Eastman School of Music for a bachelor of music and to the Manhattan School of Music for a master of music.



After attending the Aspen Music Festival for four years, she succumbed to her love of the West and headed to Aspen in 1994. In Aspen she supported her snowboarding and hang gliding passions by working “26 different jobs,” she said.

Verzella has been “in and out of Aspen about four times a year” since, playing with Aspen Community Theatre, most recently with the productions of “Man of LaMancha” and the “Wizard of Oz.”

Verzella moved to Salt Lake City six years ago, where she performs with the Ballet West Orchestra and the Utah Symphony, while freelancing for radio, TV and movies. Verzella also represented the U.S. in the 1998 Women’s World Hang Gliding Competition in Hungary.

The concert will also feature Roaring Fork High School senior Katie Stewart playing the Bach Suite. Stewart joined Symphony in the Valley three years ago.

The Symphony, under the baton of Wendy Larson, conductor and artistic director, is also playing a festival of Christmas music, plus Handel’s Water Music, Pachelbel’s Canon and excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite.

Tickets, sold at the door, are $10 for adults and $5 for youths, aged 3 to 18. Symphony in the Valley is a 60-member, nonprofit, volunteer community orchestra.


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