WHEELING - It's an evening of Elvis and Harry James when Maestro Andre Raphel and the Wheeling Symphony present Music Under the Stars, the annual free outdoor concert at the Anne Kuchinka Amphitheatre, Oglebay Park, Sunday, Sept. 2 at 7:30 p.m., with master trumpeter Rodney Mack.
The sound of Rodney Mack's trumpet has reverberated throughout the world. Whether playing baroque piccolo trumpet or interpreting works commissioned especially for him, his artistry has been enthusiastically enjoyed inside of the United States and in such countries as France, Spain, Germany, England, Greece, Rumania, Japan, Taiwan, and Korea. He has been praised by music critics from Fanfare Magazine, American Record Guide, Records International Catalog, and other international publications for his evocative interpretation, impeccable virtuosity, and beauty of sound.
This year's concert is sponsored through the generosity of Progressive Bank, Riesbecks Food Markets, Northwood Health Systems, Center for Arts & Education at West Liberty University, American Federation of Musicians, Casey Chapman & Mushet, WTRF and Oglebay Park.
There will be a fireworks display following the concert.
A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Mack has worked under the guidance of world renowned conductors such as Leonard Bernstein, Michael Tilson Thomas, Gerard Schwarz, James DePreist, John Williams, Jesus Lopez- Cobos and Christopher Hogwood. He was awarded a fellowship at the Tanglewood Music Center where he was invited to return for a second summer during which he was awarded the Seiji Ozawa Award for Outstanding Musicianship.
Mack was born in New Orleans, Louisiana where he began his musical studies at the age of six. When he was 11 years of age, he began taking classical trumpet lessons with his cousin, Wynton Marsalis. Referred to as a "trumpet prodigy" Mack's solo debut was at the age of 15 with the New Orleans Symphony. After having won various solo competitions, he received national attention at the age of 19 performing as soloist with the Boston Pops Orchestra. He has also performed as soloist with the San Diego Symphony, the Tenerife Symphony, the Orquestra Sinfonica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya,
Mack has made several world premiere recordings including "Sonata for Trumpet and Piano" (Albany Records) by Adolphus Hailstork and "In Our Own House"(Albany Records) by composer Alvin Singleton with saxophonist Branford Marsalis and concert pianist Karen Walwyn.
In 1998 Mack made the premiere and critically acclaimed recording of Franz Waxman's "Carmen Fantasy for Trumpet and Orchestra" with conductor Lawrence Foster on the Koch International record label.
In the course of his more than twenty years as an orchestral musician, Mack was the winner of several national and international competitions for titled orchestral chairs including positions with The New Orleans Symphony, The Colorado Symphony Orchestra, The San Diego Symphony Orchestra, The Orquestra Sinfonica de Tenerife, The Barcelona Symphony, and The Richmond Symphony. After completing a one year trial period he was awarded the principal trumpet position with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. During his tenure as principal trumpet with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, Mack was appointed head of the trumpet department at the Escuela Superior de Musica de Catalunya (ESMUC) Spain's leading music conservatory. He has recently been invited to give master classes at the Julliard School, The North Carolina School for the Arts, the National Trumpet Competition and the International Trumpet Guild Conference. He has also been invited to teach at the Eastern Music Festival and the Interlochen Music Academy.
To learn more about the Wheeling Symphony and its upcoming season, visit www.wheelingsymphony.com.