Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 7:00pm
5625 Holy Trinity Drive Melbourne, FL 32940
DAUGHERTY Raise the Roof
GERSHWIN Rhapsody in Blue
GROFE The Grand Canyon Suite
Brian Gatchell, piano
Brian Radock, timpani
Get ready to raise the roof! SCSO percussionist, Brian Radock performs three-time Grammy Award winning, Michael Daugherty’s Concerto for Timpani, Raise the Roof. This exciting work was inspired by the contributions of such grand architectural wonders as the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and the Empire State Building in New York City. This piece contains music reflections ranging from Gregorian chants to Rock and Latin rhythms. Daugherty created a grand acoustic structure by bringing the timpani into the forefront and giving the timpanist the rare opportunity to play long expressive melodies, and a tour de force cadenza. Celebrated local pianist, Brian Gatchell joins your SCSO to dazzle audiences with a performance of George Gershwin’s unforgettable and incredibly popular, Rhapsody in Blue, brimming with youthful energy, beautiful graceful melodies, captivating rhythms, originality, and a sense of musical exploration. Ferde Grofé’s Grand Canyon Suite is one of the most popular concert works of the 20th Century. It is a glorious tone painting depicting the grandeur of one of the most spectacular of American wonders — the Grand Canyon — in various moods: the rising sun climbing over the rocky peaks before flooding into the canyon; the stillness, save the pulsing heat, of the desert at midday; the braying of a pack mule as it navigates the rocky trail; and finally, a glorious sunset interrupted by a passing storm. The Space Coast Symphony presents this classic work with stunning HD footage of the Grand Canyon. Seeing is believing.
Brian Gatchell holds a Master’s degree in Piano Performance and was a concert artist touring the U.S. for many years, performing as soloist, duo pianist and concerti with orchestras. His 1984 recording of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue for Coronet Records, was one of the first since Gershwin's own recording in the late 1920’s. He was also Professor of Piano at Heidelberg University in Ohio. He started Atlantic Music Center in 1990, a store specializing in pianos and stringed instruments. Additionally, Atlantic Music Center features a large rebuilding shop. He is the founder / CEO of a national piano competition, American Jazz Pianist Competition. In addition, he is a frequent clinician at numerous Piano Technician Guild conventions and piano workshops on many aspects of piano technology.
Brian Radock is a professional percussionist with a Masters Degree in Music Performance. Originally from Orlando, Brian lived in NYC the past 4 years and during that time, he performed with over 50 bands, 40 Broadway Musicals, and with 5 orchestras as Principal Percussion/Timpani and percussion contractor in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Radio City Music Hall. Within the past 3 years, he has toured Italy 3 times with a trio playing 110+ shows, one tour setting the Italian record for most consecutive shows by a band in Italy, 31 shows in 31 days in 31 cities.
Brian has performed with legendary artists Kansas, Steven Curtis Chapman, Casting Crowns, Andrew W.K., and more. In 2012, Brian was a featured drummer for the O Music Awards on VH1, MTV, and CMT with Questlove, Chad Smith, and Marky Ramone.
Brian also won the DCI and PASIC Timpani Individual Competitions with a self-composed solo in 2006 & 2008 and toured Japan on solo marimba with Gov. Jeb Bush as a cultural ambassador in 2005. He received much of his training while spending 11 summers at the Interlochen Art Camp in his youth.