|Mills in concert
|Mike Moore in action
From June 25th to July 2nd, 2006, the Tubilustrium Festival once again took place in Mendicino’s civic music school. Mendicino is a small village of 7000 people in the south of Italy, where the festival’s artistic director Gino Santo lives.
Twenty students from the southern Italian regions of Calabria, Sicily and Basilicata participated in masterclasses by Fred Mills (trumpet and brass ensemble), Mark McConnell (trombone, Atlanta Opera Orchestra) and Mike Moore (Tuba, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra). The festival was sponsored by Yamaha Music Italy, Palladium Music and Raffaele D’Arienzo from Turi (BA). An instrument exhibition by Palladium Music on June 27th was visited by 200 people. During the course, Pino Scalzo was the instrument repair specialist.
There were seven open-air concerts in the festival. The opening concert was by The Fire Brass Quintet from Amantea. The group consists of students from the Cosenza Conservatory: Rosario Rosa and Davide Provengano (trumpet), Manuel Siciliano (horn), Giuseppe Policicchio (trombone) and Davide Provenzano (tuba). Rosario Rosa performed some exciting solo pieces.
The second concert was by Essential Brass from Potenza, consisting of Carlo Luongo and Pino Melfi (trumpet), Piero Manca (horn), Giuseppe Zizzi (trombone) and Sebastiano Lamorte (tuba). They presented a very original concert combining music and theatre, which captivated the audience. The program consisted entirely of music and arrangements by David Short. Lamorte, on tuba, performed some very difficult passages with a strikingly soft sound. Luongo’s playing, on trumpet and flugelhorn, was of a simple beauty, and Melfi played several jazz-style solos, with much improvisation.
The third concert featured Mike Moore as soloist with the Brass Collection Quintet (Gino Santo and Paolino Marchese, trumpet; Massimo Celiberto, horn; Domenico Toteda, trombone and Salvatore Mazzei, tuba). The highlight of the concert was Moore’s performance of Capriccio da Camera, a very interesting piece in a modern style with an extremely difficult tuba cadenza.
The fourth concert featured Fred Mills and Mark McConnell as soloists. Mills played Rhapsody in Blue in his own arrangement for trumpet and brass quintet, based on Timofei Dokshitzer’s arrangement. McConnell played a transcription of Puccini’s Lucean le stelle, O mio Babbino Caro and Nessun Dorma – a dream for an Italian audience! The Brass Collection Quintet performed Georgia by Hoagy Carmichael (arr. Mike Moore) and Puttin on the Ritz by Irving Berlin (arr. Phil Jameson).
The fifth concert was by the Rhapsody Sax Quartet consisting of young musicians from Calabria. The final concert of the festival was held twice, first in Castelmezzano, a very attractive tourist city, and secondly in Mendicino in the Amphitheatre. It featured Fred Mills, Mark McConnell, Mike Moore and Gino Santo as soloists. The program was:
- Beethoven – Fifth Symphony, first movement.
- Jan Koetsier – Don Giovanni’s Death with tuba and horn (Luigi Gallo) soloists.
- David Short – From the Shores of the mighty Mediterranean, a world premiere with Fred Mills as an amazing soloist.
- Eric Alexander – Passion Fantasy, another world premiere composed especially for Tubilustrium 2006, as a solo-piece for Mark McConnell.
- Tschaikovsky – Slavonic March
- Berlioz – Hungarian March
- Dvorak – Slavonic Dance No. 1
- Traditional – Brassmen Holiday
As an encore Fred Mills, who is very popular in Mendicino after five years of Tubilustrium, and seen as an honoured citizen there, played Tico Tico by request of the audience. Gino Santo played La Virgen de la Macarena: another part of the program was presented by a brass ensemble made up of students from the masterclasses. Erin Moore, from Atlanta, performed as trumpet soloist.
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Source: Gino Santo; ITG Euronews Correspondent Emile Meuffels