For those of us unable to make the LA Phil’s all Gershwin gala last Tuesday, I thought I’d share this video clip of that night’s guest Principal Trumpet, Thomas Hooten, playing one of the famous solos from An American in Paris.
Oh, wait . . . you wanted something different, perhaps saxophones and the rest of the orchestra instead of canine vocals???!! Well unfortunately, I don’t have video of that (yet). But you still have one day to listen to the online audio stream of his solo — in fact, the entire gala concert — thanks to KUSC and American Public Media: click on this link HERE
Mr. Hooten’s dogless version of the solo is at 38:42
As for the rest of the concert, here are the start times to each of the individual pieces for your listening convenience and pleasure:
- Cuban Overture – 17:22
- An American in Paris – 30:58
- Rhapsody in Blue – 74:40 (Herbie Hancock, piano; Michele Zukovsky, clarinet; Jim Wilt, trumpet)
There’s lots of other content, including Herbie Hancock’s two improvisations on “Embraceable You” and “Someone to Watch Over Me,” Gustavo Dudamel’s comments from the stage between the first two pieces, and pre-concert interviews with LA Phil VIP’s Deborah Borda (President) and Martin Chalifour (Principal Concertmaster).
Enjoy it while you can — after this, you’ll have to wait until PBS broadcasts the concert on “Great Performances” and they haven’t yet announced when that will be . . .
- Mark Edward Harris for LA Weekly
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