"Modern and Melodious"

Saturday, May 18 at 7:30 pm

Above and Beyond: "Modern and Melodious "

Acclaimed trumpet player Mary Elizabeth Bowden, a native of northern Illinois, joins the DSO to perform the seldom-heard Trumpet Concerto of 1963 by Welsh composer Grace Williams.  For a festive close to the year, the DSO presents Leonard Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story – and more!

Classical Trumpeter Mary Elizabeth Bowden has built an in-demand career as a soloist, praised for her “splendid, brilliant” playing and her “pure, refined, and warm” tone. A Gold Medal Global Music Award Winner, Opus Klassik Nominee, and Yamaha Performing Artist, she has also worked to establish a new repertoire for the trumpet through creative, collaborative commissioning projects and award-winning albums. Mary earned her Bachelor of Music degree from The Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with the principal trumpeter of the Philadelphia Orchestra, David Bilger. She was awarded her Master of Music degree in 2006 from the Yale School of Music where she studied on a full scholarship with trumpeter Allan Dean. Mary is currently Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Shenandoah Conservatory. 

Mary has performed as a soloist across the U.S., including with the Erie Philharmonic, Evansville Philharmonic, Chameleon Arts Ensemble (Boston), Richmond Philharmonic Orchestra, San Juan Symphony, and at Montana’s Big Sky Festival. Recent highlights include the premiere of Vivian Fung’s Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra with the Erie Philharmonic, the Spanish premiere of James MacMillan’s Seraph with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria, her German debut in Eisenach at the Wartburg Castle, and her French debut at the Château de Courances, both through the World and European Brass Association. She also made her Russian debut with a performance in Sochi with famed trumpeter Otto Sauter’s handpicked “10 of the Best” trumpet soloists from around the world. Her upcoming season includes no fewer than four world premiere concertos.