|Moore, McConnell, Santo and Mills
This year’s Tubilustrium Festival, the fourth, was held from March 31 to June 4. Last year the festival was held in Mendicino (see link below) and this year at the Casa delle Culture in Cosenza in the South of Italy. Guest soloists this year were Fred Mills, Mark McConnell (trombone) and Mike Moore (tuba).
The name Tubilustrium comes from the annual trumpet festival in ancient Rome, and is connected with the Latin tuba for trumpet.
Like last year, concerts were held every evening. The first was a brass ensemble concert featuring The Brass Collection (Gino Santo, Egisto Pisani, Tommaso Gerbasi, trumpet, Massimo Celiberto, horn, Francesco Gagliardi, trombone, Vincenzo Pisano, tuba) in a programme with works by Mouret, Handel, Monteverdi, Mozart, Clarke and David Short.
On Wednesday there were two concerts. The first featured the Gino Santo’s trumpet students of at the “E.R.Duni” Conservatory in Matera (Tommaso Gerbasi, Carlo Luongo, Antonello Strammiello, Miche Lovito), who performed pieces by Sousa, Merten, Böhme, Brandt and Thomas Stevens with piano accompaniment. The second concert was by the Calabria Trombone Quartet (Francesco Gagliardi, Antonio Graziano Donato, Pierpaolo D'Aprile, Gianluca Gagliardi) with works by John Williams, Wagner, Gershwin, Carmichael, Rossini, Lennon/McCartney, Lotzenhiser and Scott Joplin.
The Thursday concert featured trumpet player Alessandro Silvestro in a programme with works by J.S. Bach, Bozza, Bolling and Baron. In the Friday concert Fred Mills, Mark McConnell and Mike Moore performed as soloists with the Brass Collection at the Teatro Italia, presenting works by Shostakovich, Rossini, Debussy, Horowitz, Hofmann and John Williams.
The last concert on Friday was called “Fred & Friends” and was held at the Casa Culture. The music performed included works by Michel Legrand, Monti, Clarke, Bernstein and Carmichael. Every concert begun with a performance by the trumpet ensemble “Tubatores” (Tommaso Gerbasi, Pasqualino De Rose, Antonello Strammiello, Michele Lovito, Alessandro Facente, Domenico Mega, Achille Mascolo) with Gino Santo conducting.
This year’s festival was again sponsored by Yamaha Italy and Palladium Music.
The Brass Collection (in Italian and English)
Yamaha Italy (in Italian)
Previous ITG News story:
Tubilustrium Festival 2004
Gino Santo/Emile Meuffels