Sunday, November 4, 2018 - 3:00pm
1707 16th Street Vero Beach, FL 32960
HOBBS Many Hearts One Pulse
HOBBS Into the Blue
TICHELI Angels in the Architecture
DE MEIJ Lord of the Rings
Juan Berrios, french horn & guest conductor
Joshua Hobbs, guest conductor
Virtuoso horn player, Juan Berrios joins your SCSO to present a moving work by composer, Joshua Hobbs. Many Hearts One Pulse is an elegy for those lost in the Pulse tragedy. The title refers to the huge, spontaneous upwelling of love, support and solidarity for the victims and their families, especially from the Orlando community, but also from across the nation. The second half of the program features Johan de Meij's epic 1st Symphony, Lord of the Rings. Long before Howard Shore got his hands on writing the score for Peter’s Jackson’s monumental Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, Dutch composer Johan de Meij had taken up the call. In one fell swoop, this incredible work made de Meij’s name world renowned as a top composer for wind orchestra, a rank he retains to this day with his later symphonies and other works. Also on this riveting program is Frank Ticheli's Angels in the Architecture and Joshua Hobbs' Into the Blue.
Juan Berrios is currently a member of the Dallas Brass, one of America’s foremost musical ensembles. Originally from Bayamón, Puerto Rico, Juan attended the University of Central Florida where he received a Bachelor’s in Music Performance degree. With the Dallas Brass, Juan has performed and presented hundreds of concerts as well as educational clinics all over the country, and can be heard on the album “The American Songbook.” While a student at UCF, Juan was the recipient of the Presser Foundation Scholarship, the Performance Excellence Award, was a member of the award-winning Brass Band of Central Florida, and was awarded full scholarships to attend the Music Academy of the West, as well as the Aspen Music Festival and School, two of the most prestigious summer music festivals in the country. A versatile musician, Juan has enjoyed performing with many fine musical ensembles, such as the Horns & Pipes Brass Ensemble, Brass Band of Central Florida, Timucua Jazz Orchestra, and the Florida Lakes Symphony, Orlando Philharmonic, and Sarasota Orchestras. In addition, Juan has performed with the Boston Brass & Brass All-Stars Big Band, gave the Florida premiere of Kenneth Fuch’s horn concerto, “Canticle to the Sun” with the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra in 2012, and has performed as a soloist in clinics and workshops, most recently as a Regional Artist at the 2013 Southeast Horn Workshop. A passionate educator and avid conductor, Juan enjoys working with students in Central Florida, and throughout the country with Dallas Brass, serving as a private teacher, clinician, and guest conductor. Juan plays exclusively on Hans Hoyer French horns.
Joshua Hobbs (b. 1990) has been hailed as one of the rising stars in the world of composition and his reputation is growing rapidly.. He has twice been selected as a winner of the Dallas Winds Brass Fanfare Composition Contest (2013, 2017) and in 2017, he was selected to participate in the National Band Association's Young Composer Mentor Project in Washington, D.C. He has also been named a winner in other contests including Washington and Lee University's First Annual Wind Ensemble Composition Contest in 2017 and UCF's Phi Mu Alpha Mu Eta Chapter Composition Contest in 2011.
Joshua’s music has been performed around the world by various ensembles and artists including the United States Air Force Band, Dallas Wind Symphony, Summit Brass, Saint Louis Brass, at the New England Conservatory, University of Alabama, University of Central Florida and by world renowned performers including Scott Hartman (Yale) and John Almeida (U. of Central Florida). In addition to being self published, his music is also available through David Hickman Music, Triplo Press and Dorn Publications. He has studied privately or in masterclasses with Mark Camphouse, Andrew Boysen Jr., Brian Balmages, Robert W. Smith, Timothy Mahr, Eric Whitacre and Christopher Marshall.
He recently earned his Master's Degree in Instrumental Conducting from the University of South Florida, where he was inducted to the Pi Kappa Lamda Music Honor Society and graduated with a 3.9 GPA. He also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Composition from the University of Central Florida.
In addition to successfully directing his own works for years, Joshua Hobbs has proved himself to be an adept and sensitive conductor of the works of others. Joshua has studied with some of the top conductors in the country, including Dr. John Carmichael, Dr. Matthew McCutchen, Dr. William Wiedrich, Dr. Scott Tobias and Mr. Michael Garasi. Joshua has served as a guest conductor across the country, most recently with the University of South Florida Health Orchestra and Space Coast Symphony Orchestra Winds. Joshua was named the band director of the Carrollwood Cultural Center Winds in June 2014. For more information about the CCC Winds, please visit the band's website.
Joshua served as Director of Bands at Wesley Chapel High School from 2015-2017. During his time at WCHS, the program reached great heights. Some of the highlights include: 6 Superior ratings (1 at State MPA), performing in the 2017 FMBC 2A Finals at Tropicana Field, premiering a wind ensemble piece by John Mackey and more. As of November 2017, Joshua accepted the Director of Bands position at Wiregrass Ranch High School.