Mark Fry, Elgin Symphony Orchestra (ESO) bass trombone, co-founder of Chamber Music on the Fox and Elgin Community College (ECC) low brass instructor, will present a faculty recital at ECC on Friday, April 21, 2017 at 7pm. The program includes music by Beethoven, Broughton, Pilss, Grantham and Koetsier, and features pianist Lannette Calhoun (ECC Piano Faculty) and special guest, Charles Schuchat, ESO Principal Tubist. The recital will take place in Room H 122 (Choral Room), which is located in the ECC Arts Center. Admission is free.
Mark Fry is currently the bass trombonist of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Lake Forest Symphony and Chicago Philharmonic. Mr. Fry performs regularly with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Joffrey Ballet. He has performed with numerous orchestras in the United States, including the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Grant Park Orchestra, Chicago Sinfonietta, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Britt Festival Orchestra (Oregon), Sarasota Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera and Spoleto Festival-Italy. Mr. Fry has performed with the Chicago Symphony in Carnegie Hall during the fall of 2001 and the Houston Symphony during their 2010 tour of England and Scotland. Before moving to Chicago, he was the bass trombonist of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra in Honolulu.
He is currently the co-artistic director of Chamber Music on the Fox and the low brass instructor at Elgin Community College. Mr. Fry has been a guest clinician and performed solo recitals across the US. These include visits to the University of Wisconsin – Madison, University of Georgia, Texas Tech University, University of Hawaii, Rice University, University of Michigan, Augustana College and his alma mater, the University of Houston. Mr. Fry appears on recordings with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Mannheim Steamroller, New Black Music Repertory Ensemble and the Spoleto Festival Orchestra. His principal teachers were Allen Barnhill, Jay Friedman and David Waters.
Charles Schuchat, tuba, has performed and recorded with the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, and Israel Philharmonic. Charles is principal tuba with both the Elgin Symphony and the Chicago Sinfonietta. He has participated in numerous music festivals including the Spoleto, Ravinia, Tanglewood, Santa Fe Opera and the Peninsula Music Festival. While at Tanglewood he received the CD Jackson Award for Achievement. Charles is on the faculty of the Chicago College of Performing Arts of Roosevelt University where he is the Brass Area Head. He also teaches at the Birch Creek Music Academy in Door County Wisconsin. A native of Washington, DC, he is a graduate of Northwestern University where he studied with Arnold Jacobs.
Lannette Calhoun, a graduate of Simpson College in Indianoala, IA (BM), received her MME at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater where she has been staff accompanist for the past 6 years. Her approach to teaching has been influenced by her many years of public and private school K-12 general music positions, as well as the many opportunities she has had playing for and directing musical theatre in the states of New York, Michigan, and Wisconsin. She is currently on staff at the University of WI, Rock County and Judson University.
For six years she was principal pianist with the Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra and adjunct at Beloit College until moving to Illinois in May 2016. She has also performed with the UWRC chamber orchestra (harpsichord) and Beloit College choirs. Many of Lannette’s piano students have gone on to major in music at schools such as Luther College, University WI Whitewater and Carthage College.
The ESO works to create an enjoyable entertainment experience that goes beyond the spectacular music performed by some of the best musicians in the region. An ESO concert is an affordable entertainment option, with tickets starting at just $30. There is accessible, free parking around the Hemmens Cultural Center and valet service available. Area student musicians often perform in the lobby before concerts and patrons can purchase gifts at the Elgin Symphony League Boutique. Pre-concert chats are given by Andrew Grams, guest artists and others one hour before most performances and Saturday night patrons are invited after concerts to Mingle with the Musicians at the Elgin Public House. In addition, free Listeners Club lecture/discussions presented by music historian Jim Kendros are offered before ESO Classics Series concert weekends on Wednesdays at 1 pm at the Gail Borden Public Library. And if a patron can’t make a concert, the ESO offers free exchanges to subscribers and to single ticket buyers for a $5 fee. The ESO is a world-class, professional orchestra providing quality musical explorations that are entertaining, hassle-free and conveniently located close to home in the western suburbs.
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