Hope College faculty member Adam Graham will present a trombone recital on Friday, Jan. 13, at 6 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts.
The public is invited. Admission is free.
The recital will focus on two genres of recital music: art song and show-pieces. The performance will show how music can evolve, yet facets remain unchanged, by juxtaposing 19th-century works with late 20th- and 21st-century works. The program will include “Konzert in F,” by Ernst Sachse; “Two Romances,” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; “Allegro Maestoso,” by Jan Koetsier; “Reel and Unreel,” by Chris Stearn; “Here This, My Selfsame Sweetness,” by Philip Rice; and “Capriccio,” by Steven Verhelst. Graham will be assisted by his Hope colleagues Sarah Bast, piano, and Mark Lopez, marimba and vibraphone.
Graham is the instructor of low brass at Hope. Currently serving as bass trombonist of the Holland Symphony Orchestra, he has also performed with the Midland and West Michigan symphonies. An active freelance musician across the state, he enjoys performing in many diverse styles including big band, jazz, church, and chamber music. From 2009 to 2012, he was a member of both the General Assembly Big Band and Holland Jazz Orchestra. As a bass trombonist of the MSU Jazz Trombones, he won the International Trombone Association’s Kai Winding Jazz Ensemble Competition in 2014. Prior to his appointment at Hope, he was a featured soloist with both the Michigan State University Wind Symphony and Hope College Wind Ensemble.
A strong advocate for music education, Graham has led low brass clinics on breathing, sound production and musical style at West Ottawa, Zeeland, Grand Haven, Coopersville, Godfrey-Lee, Cedar Springs, Onekama, Fennville, Grattan Academy, Wayland and Fowlerville schools.
Graham is currently a doctoral fellow at Michigan State University studying with Ava Ordman. He also earned the Master of Music degree in trombone performance at MSU, studying with Ordman and Curtis Olson. Under the tutelage of Dr. Mark Williams, Graham earned his Bachelor of Music degree in trombone performance from Grand Valley State University. Graham is also on faculty at GVSU, teaching low brass methods and trombone pedagogy.
The Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts is located at 221 Columbia Ave., between Ninth and 10th streets.